VMWare mouse problems – mouse stuck in bottom right corner

If you convert a virtual machine which has Microsoft’s “Virtual Machine Additions” installed to a VMWare-compatible virtual machine using VMWare converter or a similar program and then proceed to install VMWare tools to optimize the virtual machine for its new environment, you will quickly find your mouse isn’t all that willing to move anymore. Either it wont show up at all, or it will be stuck in the bottom right corner of the screen, which is of course very inconvenient.

There are three, increasingly difficult but decreasingly time consuming, ways to solve this problem:

  1. Do it all over again, but make sure to uninstall the Virtual Machine Additions before you convert the machine.
  2. Install VMWare tools without the mouse driver (choose custom installation)
  3. Open regedit, and use your mad keyboarding skillz to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E96F-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    ..then remove the value “msvmmouf” and any adjacent spaces from the Regvalue UpperFilters, leaving whatever else is there, then reboot.

Happy mouse!

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