Writing pad and touch keyboard do hnot work for VMware guests on Windows 7 x64 tablet

hi folks

i am wondering if anyone has noticed this issue on Windows 7 based tablet PCs? the floating Writing Pad and Touch Keyboard of Windows 7 do not work for VMware guests (at least, running Windows). the IME soft keyboard does not work, too. however, using physical keyboard always work.

that means, you can't input any thing while your laptop working in its tablet mode. :((

i called MS technical support and they refused to help as VMware software has been installed on the Windows 7. it is ridiculous.

Tablet: HP EliteBook 2760p
Host OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition
VM Engine: VMware Workstation 7.1.4
Guest OS: Windows XP/2003

any thoughts and suggestions?

thanks heaps,
bbao
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bbaoIT ConsultantAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Windows Tablet virtual keyboard and mouse cannot detect the Console. (of the VM). The difference between real PC desktop and remote console window.

Similar issues happen, if you use other remote type tools, e.g. Citrix access to Console, mouse tracking is out of place etc
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Connect to the guest via Remote Desktop once you have started the VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, this is correct, because the virtual keyboard cannot detect the Console focus change.

Use RDP and connect directly to the Guest VM.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> because the virtual keyboard cannot detect the Console focus change.

umm... what's "console focus change"? mouse pointee location?? the VM can recognise mouse clicks and movement via touch screen and/or pen, just no keyboard input... :(

however, RDP works, always.
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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
> Windows Tablet virtual keyboard and mouse cannot detect the Console.
> The difference between real PC desktop and remote console window.

if so, why RDP can work?? it is also a sort of "remote console window". any difference??

thanks,
bbao
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
RDP is written by Microsoft and integrated in the OS.

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bbaoIT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
well, a reasonable explanation though no *why* answered. :-))
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The solution is to use RDP.

VMware Console keyboard/mouse input does not work.

Maybe it will be fixed, when tablets dominate the world.

I know there were issues with 2X and VMware Clients when developing for iPAD with virtual keyboard and mouse pointing input, which they have resolved.

The issue lies with Microsoft tablet OS.
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evgen84Commented:
Sorry for my english. I have this problem too, and win 8 whithout this problem
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