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RDP to VMware host running an XP guest: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/08/06

Scenario is this;

  1. RDP into a host running VMware
  2. Use the VMware client to run XP as guest
  3. Hover the mouse over a text editor
  4. The mouse cursor becomes invisible

I have seen it happen under these circumstances:

  1. RDP guest is Vista x86 or Windows 7 x64
  2. RDP host is the VMware host
  3. The RDP/VMware host OS is Windows 7 x64
  4. VMware is either retail or player
  5. Guest is Windows XP x86

It might happen under a broader set of circumstances, but the above is what I have seen happening.

This  VMware Communities: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors … thread (that has a different host configuration: Vista) comes up with 2 different solutions that both work:

  1. Make your Windows XP mouse scheme the “Windows Black (system scheme)”
  2. Put the Windowx XP video hardware acceleration one position below maximum

I’ve opted for 1. because 2. impacts speed too much.

–jeroen

via: VMware Communities: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors ….

7 Responses to “RDP to VMware host running an XP guest: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors”

  1. […] the solution choose the “Windows Black (system scheme)” for mouse cursor mentioned in RDP to VMware host running an XP guest: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors works […]

  2. […] The  RDP to VMware host running an XP guest: Invisible Mouse Cursor on Text Editors problem is not limited to RDP-ing into the VMware host, but also happens on some hosts themselves (including my ThinkPad W701 running Windows 7 x64). […]

  3. Josef said

    Same problem with Windows 7 guest system. Solution works here as wll :-) Thank you!

  4. jane said

    All these issues are important, and that’s why I just started blogging a while ago and it feels great

  5. Thomas said

    Great info mate. This one’s been bugging me for quite a while now. I too have gone with the black mouse system scheme.

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  7. Great info and a great theme too, I use this one on several sites! Keep up the great work!

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