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Suddenly copy/paste stopped working from/to Windows 8 host computer to/from ubuntu virtual machine. Ubuntu restart did not help. I tried command:
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools
But got report I have newest version. Guest Isolation settings are enabled. What could be the scenario of fixing this problem?
Oct 29, 2015 at 16:06
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I had the same problem and found that this can be fixed by executing the following commands:
sudo apt-get autoremove open-vm-tools
Install VMware Tools by following the usual method (
--> Reinstall VMWare Tools)
Reboot the VM
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop
Reboot the VM, after the reboot copy/paste and drag/drop will work!
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Jan 21, 2016 at 18:36
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I tried the approach suggested by solution101 above, but it didn't work for me. This is how I solved the problem:
sudo apt install open-vm-tools-desktop
restart the guest operating system
This seems to have fixed the copy-and-paste issue for me.
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Sep 13, 2016 at 10:21
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This is copied verbatim from a
vmware community forum:
Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation
UNCHECK bothcheckboxes (Enable drag and drop, Enable copy and paste) and click OK.
Shut down the guest, and shut down VMware Workstation
Reboot the host computer
Run VMware Workstation but do not launch the guest yet.
Go into VM / Settings / Options / Guest Isolation for the guest, and
CHECK both checkboxes
Power On the guest.
Oct 29, 2015 at 16:16
Charles Green Charles Green
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The best and working solution is restarting your VMWare application (Workstation, Fusion, etc.), not the VM itself. (provided, of course, that you have installed the VMWare tools already.)
Feb 15, 2016 at 3:48
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In my case, somehow the guest start-up job running the VMware User Agent was removed from my xfce session autostart.
You need to run
/usr/bin/vmware-user-suid-wrapper at login
Oct 21, 2019 at 3:20
Tim Richardson Tim Richardson
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can't uncheck the checkboxes while the VM is running; they are disabled. If you do this when the VM is not running, there is no effect (VMWare Workstation 12 Pro).
Jan 8, 2016 at 19:36
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I can see how old this post is, but I noticed something relevant; it wasn't even Ubuntu. Apparently "Shared folders" must be enabled prior to installing
open-vm-tools - also had
open-vm-tools-desktop already installed and nothing worked. Reinstalling both packages does the job, seemingly when shared folder were enabled; this works instantly. With
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop --reinstall
sudo dnf reinstall open-vm-tools open-vm-tools-desktop
I'd assume that when enabling "shared folder" before the OS install, it should work out of the box.
Feb 12, 2022 at 10:30
In my case in addition to bidirectional button activation, I had to do following steps:
On the terminal of guest virtual machine run:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y make gcc perl
Now on virtual machine's main menu go: "Devices" -> "Insert Guest Additions CD image" -> wait popup to appear -> follow up installation steps -> once it's done go reboot
In my case it has resolved copy&paste issue
Jun 1, 2021 at 15:47
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If you are using the VMware Remote Console or Vsphere Client, then it wont work by just installing VMware tools.
You need to follow the steps described
To resolve this issue, first install or upgrade the VMware tools for
the Windows/Linux virtual machine(VM). For more information see
Installing and upgrading VMware Tools in vSphere.
Oct 26, 2022 at 7:55
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