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!

33 Comments

  • Gareth Evans says:

    Thanks, this solved my problem

  • Thanks mate, this was exactly my problem and your solution worked for me!

  • MZimbaro says:

    This solved my problem as well.

  • Vitto says:

    This was awesome! thanks!

  • Vertigoacid says:

    Worked great, only caveat is that if you have UAC turned on, #3 won’t work since you can’t answer the prompt with the keyboard 🙁

  • Chris Freel says:

    Your solution is great!

    My problem was similar, but not exactly the same. VMWare Player 3.1.4 on a host of Ubuntu 10.10, 64-bit, and a client of 32-bit WinXP.

    For me, the mouse moved wherever on the screen, but Windows seemed to think it was mostly in the lower left corner, so when I clicked, the start menu would toggle.

    Great, and thank you very much.

  • neozeed says:

    AWESOME!!!

    This was driving me insane on one VM I have that’s gone from VPC, to Virtual Server to Hyper-V to VMWare and now on KVM. Phew with all that migration, some things are bound to get stuck…

    Again thanks!

  • Rimas says:

    Perfect! I downloaded Microsoft’s IE6 virtual machine yesterday. Needless to say, it was in VPC format, but I’m running it on VmWare. After numerous attempts to fix the mouse problem I ended up with a non-working keyboard and the mouse still was stuck in the corner. Well, I converted it again, but this time used your regedit tip, and it works just perfectly now. Thanks a lot!

  • Jean Streleski says:

    Thanks, buddy!!

    I changed my register, restart the VM and the problem was solved immediately.

    😀

  • Kathie says:

    Thank you!! That was driving me crazy! Both the fact that it was happening at all and the fact that I couldn’t fix it! (I did option 3 also.)

  • Raven says:

    Kudos to this advice, it helped me.

  • wayne horner says:

    Thanks
    I do data recovery of vmware, usually on raids.
    I have run into this before and had to reinstall.
    This is great thanks.
    Take Care
    ps: if you need data recovery – im at alandatarecovery.com

  • NameName says:

    Thanks, the third one worked great. Saved me a lot of time!

  • Brent says:

    Brilliant!

  • Brad says:

    Can someone kindly help me here? What do you mean in the last part? “…and any adjacent spaces from the Regvalue Upper Filters, leaving whatever else is there…”. Mine doesn’t have an upper filters, can someone help? 🙁

    • bolt says:

      If you don’t have the UpperFilters registry value, I suggest you use method 1 or 2 instead.

  • Matthäus Brandl says:

    Thanks man, this still works great!
    Btw it seems a good idea to uninstall “Microsoft Virtual Machine Additions” afterwards, solved a hung shutdown in my case.

  • cozappz says:

    Just to let you know it worked for me too.

  • howai says:

    It also works in wmware player

  • Aiden says:

    Solution 3 worked for me. Thanks for the tip.

  • Ryan says:

    awesome tip, cheers

  • Thoms says:

    No 3 worked for me. Thanks!

  • Costis says:

    Many thanks for your solution!

  • John says:

    Thank you so much, it worked brilliantly

  • Rafael Braga says:

    I can confirm this worked as well.

    My mouse was stuck in the upper left corner, and the option 3 fixed it for me. Thanks a lot!

  • Javier says:

    it is really the ANSWER!!!!!!! It worked!!!!

  • Siva says:

    Thanks. This worked.

  • Naing Arkar says:

    Thank you so much…
    It Work.
    Awesome Answer…. 🙂

  • Raphael says:

    dUDE! yOUR THE bESt!

  • Miro says:

    I can confirm the 3rd method worked on
    windows “Xp mode” converted vhd.
    THANK YOU!!! YOU SOLVED A PROBLEM THAT OTHERWISE WOULD RENDER THE MACHINE USELESS.

  • peggy says:

    Same as the last guy, the 3rd method worked on Windows XP converted from the vhd from Microsoft. (I have not tried the first 2 methods.)

    Thanks 🙂

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