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I run VMWare player 2.5.0-118166 from Ubuntu 8.10 using Gnome 2.24.1.

  • I can find no menu options to send the combination to the welcome screen.
  • Ctrl+Alt is being picked up by VMWare Player and releases input, so Ctrl+Alt+Del/Ctrl+Alt+Ins can't be typed in directly.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Space should suppress VMWare Player from picking up the next keyboard input, but following this with Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Alt+Ins does not seem to work.

So I'm stuck, not able to log in to my Windows image.. How can I send a Ctrl+Alt+Del to Windows within VMWare Player?

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someone has proposed closing this as a duplicate of… , but i think that one should be closed as a duplicate of this one. – quack quixote Mar 17 '10 at 9:08

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Ctrl+Alt+Insert. In my experience with VMware products (Workstation and Server; I must say I have not tried Player, but I can't see any reason why it differs), Ctrl+Alt only has special effects if you press and release them on their own, without an accompanying key.

Oh yes, I remember. It only works when the input is grabbed, or not (I can't remember which). Try grabbing/ungrabbing the input and doing that keystroke again.

Edit (gleaned from other answers; thanks!): If Ctrl+Alt+Ins doesn't work, try:

  • Crtl+Alt+PrtSc
  • Ctrl+Alt+End

VMware has some really funky keyboard mapping issues (at least on some versions, and at least on some platforms).

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Don't work for me. Maybe Gnome eats the key combination? – Alf Nov 4 '08 at 9:54
I can't remember if it requires input to be grabbed first, or ungrabbed. I don't have VMware working on my computer at the moment, but try both and see. – Chris Jester-Young Nov 4 '08 at 9:56
Both tried. Neither works. – Alf Nov 4 '08 at 9:57
Soooo odd. Even the VMware person thinks C-A-I should work: – Chris Jester-Young Nov 4 '08 at 10:04

After some more googling I finally found the solution.
It seems that the key combination is Ctrl+Alt+Print_Screen.

It might be that Ctrl+Alt+Insert works on other platforms.

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Wow! That's bizarre! I'll favourite this post so I can refer people to it. – Chris Jester-Young Nov 4 '08 at 10:05
Works for me as well. – HappyCoder Sep 25 '09 at 9:27

Definitely works for VM Player: Ctrl+Alt+the period on the number pad.
If you have a laptop without seperate number pad (as I do) then press Ctrl+Alt+Fn then >

The host will take the focus as though it did not work, but after you click cancel you go back to the VNC session and it now displays the login prompt.

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Great! This works for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – tmow Feb 5 '13 at 16:26

If you have trouble with Ctrl+Alt+Insert, try Ctrl+Alt+End.

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Worked for me! Note that I was remote desktoped into a computer which was then running vmware player. Ctrl-Alt-End sent the ctrl-alt-del to the remote desktop, which caused both it and the VM to respond. Thanks! – Scott Whitlock Nov 17 '09 at 18:30

VMware has the menu bar at the top. Select Virtual Machine, then in the drop down you will see the command - send Ctrl-Alt-Del

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Doesn't work for fullscreen mode. – Pacerier Feb 28 '15 at 15:21

I'm RDPed into a VMWare Essentials host server and was having issues with Ctrl+Alt+Insert because the cursor was released from the console.

If you're having this issue just click/focus back in the console and hit Ctrl+Alt+Insertagain.

If that doesn't work try Ctrl + Alt + End and you should be able to get to the logon screen. This happened to me on a different VM.

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"VMware has the menu bar at the top. Select Virtual Machine, then in the drop down you will see the command - send Ctrl-Alt-Del"

Save your self the hassle and do what Steve says, saves a lot time. Thanks Steve!

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This has already been mentioned above: – Pacerier Feb 28 '15 at 15:22

If you are on a Macbook Pro, there is no Ins key or Print Screen. Instead: Fn+Control+Alt+Delete

Does the trick to open up the login screen.

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Mind notebooks/keyboards with the Fn function for keys. Push it together with Ctrl+Alt+PR_SCREEN.

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I usually access my VMs via UltraVNC, which has a CAD (Control + Alt + Delete) button in its toolbar.

One mouse click sends the three-finger salute.

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Ctrl+Alt+Print-Screen works perfectly in Ubuntu 9.04.

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On Ubuntu (x64, 8.10) and VMWare Player 2.5: Ctrl+Alt+Del can be emulated as Jon and brian already answered:

  1. Ctrl+Alt+PrtScr
  2. Ctrl+Alt+NumDel

Don't release Ctrl+Alt keys before pressing third one, or You will lose keyboard focus.

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I'm running an XP VM in VMWare Player 2.5.1 on Vista 64bit via Remote Desktop.

The only one that worked for me was Ctrl+Alt+End.
It took me to the shutdown screen for Vista but when I cancelled that the VM was at the login dialog. I pressed Ctrl+G first, not sure if that was vital or not.

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Ctrl+Alt+NumDel (the one that also acts as a period on the numpad) also works perfectly.

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