Windows 10: vmware wks11 no progs launch from taskbar-- Solved

  1.    07 Dec 2014 #1

    vmware wks11 no progs launch from taskbar--

    Hi there

    Windows 8.1 Host.

    W8.1 / W10 VM's running under VMware workstation 11 don't launch any programs from the taskbar. You can click and nothing happens.

    Programs work from the Start (Charms -- Windows 8.1) or icons pinned to the desktop. Seems the Quick launch task bar has become NON functional.

    I'm going to update the VM's to "Wks 11 hardware" and see if that alters anything. - The VM's I'm using were created with WKS 10. (Workstation 10).

    Linux Host -- VM's work but the quick launch bar only works in NON full screen (Windowed) mode .

    UNITY mode (Linux Hosts) works 100%.

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  2.    08 Dec 2014 #2

    After reading your post Jim I went and installed Microsoft 2007 then pinned all the apps that I use then tested to see if I had the same problem. . .no there was no problem all of them started up without a single problem. No sure of your problem, albeit will attempt other programs to see if your problem shows up with them. . .(this was done on Windows 10 Build 9879.
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  3.    08 Dec 2014 #3

    Hi there

    Seemed to be a problem with the VMware 3D graphic driver and HOST INTEL HD graphics -- I had some mks-3d enabled = "True" in the config file. Removing that (on Windows HOST) seemed to fix the problem.

    (VMware 10 was fine. --BTW I didn't upgrade the hardware compatibility to WKS 11 yet (It's an option in the vm menu) as I still use these VM's on other systems where I don't have WKS 11 installed.

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