VM sleeps (?) when host is locked

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Hello and good day to everyone.


I recently updated to VMWare Workstation 15.5.6 and encountered a problem I haven’t seen before.

I have a guest VM with Windows 8 x64. And it does some heavy computing loading CPU (sometimes up to 100%). But when my host gets locked, doesn’t matter how, screensaver kicks in after timeout or I lock it with Windows+L, VM with guest seemingly goes to sleep. According to the fan spinning CPU load drops to zero and when I unlock host (even after several hours) the progress in guest is exactly the same when the host was locked. In other words, when host is locked, guest in VM does nothing. I’m not sure about other operations, only CPU-intensive stuff goes to sleep or it sleeps completely. And it happens on different hosts: Windows 7 x64, Windows 8.1 x64, Windows 10 x64, desktops and notebooks.


Screensaver timeout is set to 3 minutes, disabling it becomes a nightmare with a child running around and messing with my PC if I forget to lock it. But when it gets locked, all calculations are stopped and guest becomes useless. Is it a bug or a feature? Maybe I’m missing something? But it’s really a pain. Any solution?


Thank you and have a good day!

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