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VMWare Workstation 11 on Windows 8.1 - mouse grabbing & double pointer issues

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I had this working perfectly on an older system but for some reason I haven't been able to tweak the settings just right on the new system.

I have a Windows 7 Guest VM, running on a Windows 8.1 Host.  The old system was running Windows 7 on the host (and an older version of VMWare Workstation, version 9, in case that helps.)


What i had working well before, was I was able to click inside the VM and then outside VM to the host, WITHOUT having to press CTRL-ALT to release my mouse from the VM.

My other issue is that now I often have a double-mouse pointer inside the VM, instead of one accurate mouse pointer.


I played around with the grab settings and enabled/disabled hide (under input settings in Preferences) but haven't been able to track this down,

Basically I want Workstation to realize when I am moving my mouse so far to the side that it's no longer in the guest VM and let me use the host, without pressing CTRL-ALT.  And I need to fix this double mouse pointer.


Now there is once difference in the set up, and that is I enabled the option for "BEST FOR GAMING" (it's called something like this).. I did need to do this and it fixed an issue I had running a game inside the VM. I don't know if this is why I'm experiencing the other behaviour though.
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I think the best approach is to reinstall VMware Tools in the guest machine. I see double pointer occasionally (because I have moved the mouse from guest to host), but when I click in the guest or click in the host, the mouse pointer is ALWAYS accurate. It is easy to reinstall the Tools and restart the guest machine.
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Forgot to mention, I did do this after I upgraded VMorkstation (re-installed the tools) but your comment made me go back and look and they are still showing as v9.

I did a complete un-install of the tools and re-install and it's still v9.

I had upgraded my VMWare Workstation from 9 to 11, So it looks like the tools didn't update.  I'm not finding the tools as a download on the vmware site anywhere however.
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The correct version of Tools for VMware Workstation 11 on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit is V9.9.0 Build 2304977.

Make sure in the Guest Settings, Options, Advanced that the settings are default.

If you are still having troubles, you can uninstall VMware Workstation, restart and then install VMware Workstation. That should assist in getting VMware Tools to install and update correctly.

I have the same setting running, and the mouse moves smoothly from guest to host.
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Ok thanks that's exactly the version I have. I found the issue, and it was that game settings, as soon as I disabled it I could mouse away from the machine.  I guess I'll just have to toggle that setting as needed.
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@ nathaliev  - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.
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