VMWareWS Numlock Issue

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If I move the cursor into the VMWare window a message comes on say “NUM LOCK: OFF” when I move it out of the VMWare window I see message “NUM LOCK: ON”.

To Resolve:

  1. Ensure VM is powered off. Go to top menu: VM - Power - Power on to Firmware. In the BIOS go to Keyboard Settings - Auto (I first tried to ‘ON’ and this didn’t work)

  2. Inside the guest, run the following Powershell lines as admin:

    Set-ItemProperty -Path 'Registry::HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard' -Name "InitialKeyboardIndicators" -Value "2"
    Set-ItemProperty -Path 'Registry::HKCU\Control Panel\Keyboard' -Name "InitialKeyboardIndicators" -Value "2"