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I have a rather urgent problem. I can't use the parentheses keys in VMWare. I was using Windows 8 as a guest at the time. I got a warning about sticky keys. I of course click the don't enable and made sure that all of those features are disabled. But, now I can't use ( or ). When I go to use them (Shift+0 and Shift+9) nothing happens. I can enter in * and all of the other keys requiring Shift with one exception - when I try to use < (Shift+,) I instead get | and without Shift I still get ,.

It seems like it somehow changed to a subtly different keyboard layout, but that doesn't appear to be the case as far as I can tell. What would cause this extremely weird problem!?

I'm using a standard US keyboard

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This sounds like a physical problem with the keyboard. Replace the keyboard. – Ramhound Oct 17 '12 at 17:54
@Ramhound it's not. I'm doing this in a virtual machine. On the host machine the keys work fine – Earlz Oct 17 '12 at 17:55
What version of Windows 8 is this? Developer preview? It might be a bug. – Josiah Oct 17 '12 at 17:58
@AceLegend Enterprise (release version? Whatever latest is available through msdn). Also, I tried rebooting the virtual machine and that didn't do anything – Earlz Oct 17 '12 at 18:00
I just checked. It's a release preview. It is possible that it is a bug. Although I doubt it. What virtualization software are you using? – Josiah Oct 17 '12 at 18:01

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