VMware Tools caused the mouse to stop working!

by techpilot007 12. May 2009 11:46

I've been spending mosto of today building some virtual machines for the QA department at work.  I used Microsoft Virtual PC to create the VMs.  Then I used VMwares stand alone converter to convert them into VMware images.  Once that was done I added them to a VMware Server (version 2).  I was finished the install by installing VMware Tools. After the machines booted back up though I found that I had lost the ability to use the mouse.  I thought this was strange as I've never had this problem before.  I did a little searching on google and found this:


Before any conversion uninstall MS VM tools.
After conversion if mouse does not work in VMware infrastructure Client console session - in my case it just disappers from the console, try to do next from http://www.petri.co.il/forums/archive/index.php/t-19387.html
" go into the registry and navigate to the keyHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E96F-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Remove the value msvmmouf from the UpperFilters Regvalue.Reboot....
If you wish you can take out the drivers completely by deleting these registry hives completely :
The driver:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\msvmmouf
The Service:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\VPCMapThe CopyHook Shell Extension: ( for folder access )HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{30C14BA C-122C-42ED-B319-1139DBF48EB8}\InProcServer32HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shellex\CopyHookHandle rs\VPCCopyHook
After a reboot you can delete the "Virtual Machine Additions" folder from program files..."


After I removed the entries in the registry everything worked as it should.


Comments (3) -

7/5/2009 3:23:15 AM #


Why Hello Jer. Hug.

Alissa United States |

7/30/2009 7:27:12 PM #

redhawk at the ridges real estate

That is strange so Virtual PC and VMware are not compatible with each other ? I don't use much VMware because of my hardware limitations, but I've tried it a couple of time and it worked really well. One Open Source program I would like to work with deep and that's VirtualBox, I will give it a try soon. Since Virtual PC won't support Linux.

redhawk at the ridges real estate United States |

8/1/2009 11:47:56 PM #


I'm not surprised that there was an issue with Virtual PC and VMware, they are competitors. I've been using VirtualBox on my work labtop running Ubuntu host and Windows 2003 R2 as Guest (it has worked wonderfully!).  Don't be afraid to try VirtualBox (just make sure that if you do you stay on top of the updates).

techpilot007 United States |

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