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  • Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

    I am loading Linux in Virtual PC. The get the mouse to work in the VM session, I had to click in the VM window. I have done several tasks and it is loading my OS in the VM session. However, now I don't know how to get the mouse to work back in the host OS. All I can do is move the mouse to the edge of the VM window.

    Arg!!!!

  • #2
    Re: Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

    Press "CTRL" and "ALT" together to release the mouse...


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    • #3
      Re: Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

      By default, the Host key both in Virtual PC and Virtual Server is the Right Alt. Pressing it will release the mouse from the VM back to the host. The same when you go full screen and you want to go back to windowed mode.

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      • #4
        Re: Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

        Originally posted by sorinso View Post
        By default, the Host key both in Virtual PC and Virtual Server is the Right Alt. Pressing it will release the mouse from the VM back to the host. The same when you go full screen and you want to go back to windowed mode.
        Whoops - my apologies - I was talking VMWare again...


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        • #5
          Re: Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

          Have you installed vmware tools on your VM?
          One of the benefits is that, with VMware tools installed, the mouse and keyboard should automatically release when you mouse back to your host machine.

          But if not, the Ctrl-Alt pair mentioned above should always release your mouse.

          Note that VMware tools are OS specific and when an OS is updated, it may be a while before there is a new VMware tools to match. (I've always used the last working version with no harm done even if they don't completely install; do so at your own risk!).

          VMware tools are installed on the virtual machine itself, not in the console. Each VM you create needs it's own installaiton. The installer is located on the console under the Vm menu item
          Last edited by wbliss; 20th August 2008, 21:51.

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          • #6
            Re: Mouse working in VM OS, but how do I get it back to Host OS

            Dude, we're talking VirtualPC here... Not VMWare.
            There are VM Additions available for VirtualPC, but they don't work that good with Linux...
            @demanlov: try to install the VM additions, see if it will work ...

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