I have Windows 10 virtual machine that keeps going into a Paused state. Numerous times I've attempted to do some minor windows updates to it, but each time I try, about 5 or 10 minutes into the update, the virtual machine pauses, and you cannot un-pause it after that.

For example, this morning, I started the VM at exactly 7:35:20 AM. At 7:41 AM, the VM went into a paused state, and this is a screenshot of where it froze:

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The virtual hard drive has plenty of free space and I've allocated 8 gibibytes of RAM. So, I don't understand why it keeps pausing.

I created this virtual machine using Virtual Machine Manager.

I have no clue what's causing this issue. Why would a virtual machine, with plenty of RAM and disk space, auto-pause, after running fine for the first few minutes?


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One reason why a VM can get forced into a paused state is when the underlying host filesystem has filled up. (A real problem with overprovisioning.)

Check the filesystem where this VM's disk image is stored

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    Another thing that fooled me, was that the virtual hard drive's file showed to be 211.5GiB in my file browser, with Windows 10 reporting 165GB of free space. Since this file was already seemly taking up the full space I originally allocated, I didn't think running out of disk space on the host-drive was even possible, because I thought it was already using the max space originally allocated from the beginning. Nov 5, 2021 at 13:47

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