How to Initiate the VMware Wins Disable Process?

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Do you know what are the steps in the VMware Wins Disable Process wherein the windows key is disabled? I have VMware player with a windows XP installed in one of the virtual machines and I need to disable the windows key in XP. Can anyone please guide me on how to resolve this? Do I need to use a tool or utility to disable the key or I will just need to run a command? If so, then please provide me simple step by step instructions. I would really appreciate any help.

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How to Initiate the VMware Wins Disable Process?

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Virtual Machines are emulated operating systems, whereas the guest operating system is not directly linked to the host system aside from having a network connection between host and guest operating system.

If you like to disable the win key from your guest operating system, this has to be done within the guest operating system, which is your virtual Windows XP in your case.

There are two options you choose from to disable the win key:

Option 1: You can download the utility from Microsoft to automatically disable and enable it.
You can download the utility or software here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/216893

Option 2: You can manually edit the Windows XP registry but the risk of damaging your XP is high enough if you are not familiar in editing values in the registry.

To disable the Windows key manually, follow these steps:

  • Click Start, click Run, type regedt32, and then click OK. (This will open the Registry Editor)
  • On the Windows menu, click HKEY_LOCAL_ MACHINE on Local Machine to expand the sub menu.
  • Double-click the SystemCurrentControlSetControl folder, and then click the Keyboard Layout folder.
  • On the Edit menu, click Add Value, type in Scancode Map, click REG_BINARY as the Data Type, and then click OK.
  • Type 00000000000000000300000000005BE000005CE000000000 in the Data field, and then click OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and restart your Windows XP.
     

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