When I use a Windows 7 x64 computer and start a Remote Desktop session to a machine running Windows 7 x64 with VMWare 7. De mouse pointer disappears in the VMWare guest running Windows XP, when over textboxes or texteditors.

I found the solution at: http://wiert.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/rdp-to-vmware-host-running-an-xp-guest-invisible-mouse-cursor-on-text-editors/



Change the mouse pointer scheme to "Windows Black (system scheme)"

Start > Control Panel > Mouse > Pointers > Windows Black (system scheme)


  1. ledgend!!

    Change the mouse pointer scheme to “Windows Black (system scheme)”

    Start > Control Panel > Mouse > Pointers > Windows Black (system scheme)

    Tags: VMWare

  2. Discovered this blog to be a solution to my problem on April 3, 2016. Tried VMware 10 and VMware 12 both had issues. Must be an implementation problem for the WinXP OS. Thank you for the solution!

  3. If you don’t like the way the “black” scheme looks (I don’t, the cursor is thick and dark in text editors), select Windows Standard (large) (system scheme) and it seems to work and give me a nicer-looking pointer.

  4. Wow Still works, 🙂 thanks
    8 years and Microsoft has this issue, seems low priority .

    My Issue was:
    Platform: both side Windows 10,
    With multiple monitor and on second monitor mouse disappears on Visual studio code editor.

  5. Thanks Roel,
    This is very clever solution. However it works for me, but I am still wondering why that’s happening on remote desktop only. On the physical console the cursor inverts it color as long as I enter black field ..
    But that’s fine – I can use git-bash now 😉
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. ErMahGerd! This worked beautifully and easily. My system is a Windows 7 VM, displayed on my Windows 10 PC.
    So much rubbish in other forums (especially the VMWare site) talking about registry settings, hardware acceleration, and other nonsense. Your solution just works.

  7. Thank you for the solution!

    Dear Microsoft – why is this still a problem 8 years later, when remoting into Windows 10 from Windows 10, using RDC???

  8. Good grief!. Had this happening when docked, external monitor has no issues, laptop monitor loses the cursor over any text in any app. This fixed it!

  9. Still going strong! Hyper-V with Windows 10, this fixed my issue. Saved me setting up a virtual box vm which would probably have the same issue. Cheers!

    Richard Bremner

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