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VMWare player and function (f1) keys.

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I have a client using VMWare player 5.0.1 to run a windows XP vm.
The vm has a program where the user needs the F-keys (function keys) to work, but they don't.
I can't seem to find any way to make F-keys work in this vm. Ideas?
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by:garycase
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Function keys work just fine in VMware Player.    Is the most current version of VMware Tools installed in the VM?
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... one other thought => I presume your user knows the VM window has to be the "in focus" windows to receive keystrokes.    i.e. if the mouse is outside of the window containing the virtual machine, then the VM won't receive keystrokes.
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by:Elixir2
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i verified vmware tools in the guest vm, running version 9.6.1 and yes, the user is in focus when attempting this. When I connect remotely, the f-keys work for me.

Perhaps this is due to a microsoft wireless keyboard they use? I can disconnect it from the host system and connect to the guest vm, as a test.
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We ended up reinstalling the newer Microsoft keyboard software for the specific model of keyboard and F-keys work now.
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