Well, I now have the Internet working, but still no keyboard. But the Device Manager entry for Keyboard is now showing...
"Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the Registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)"
Any help with that?
Thanks Woody, but there were no restore points set as it is a new win7 install. I have activated Restore Points from here on out though.
I have managed to install tightvnc with a Batch file and can now access it remotely via the TNCViewer on my win8 laptop. At least I can now enter keystrokes until I can find out what is going on.
On the other Guests (2000, XP etc), the Device Manager shows the keyboard as a standard PS2 as does the win7, but the win7 has a yellow exclamation mark and the above error in Properties even though it shows it has the latest and correct driver.
With the VNC, it installed 27 Updates but still no keyboard. I have to think this is a Player issue. But, I have been wrong before.
Well, I finally solved the problem. It seems that because the Host machine is a laptop, the Synaptics touchpad drivers were installed at some point, or activated at some point.
I went into Programs and features and deleted everything I could see that was not needed for a VM Guest. All Synaptics stuff except anything directly related to the mouse. I also took out wifi drivers, BT-drivers, quick start crap, in fact everything I guessed was not really needed to run a VM version.
I am about to use the msoft VMDK converter and go back to VPC2007, which is a LOT more user friendly. Unfortunately that will not run in win8, so I will have to use an older win7 laptop. What a total waste of time with Player.