Hyper-V Program Manager
Along with the new user experience in Windows 8, we have introduced a number of new Windows-Key shortcut combinations. For example – Windows Key + C will bring up the charms bar, while Windows Key + Z brings up the application bar. You can read about all of the various options on the Getting around in Windows 8 post on the Windows team blog.
But how does this work for Windows 8 inside a Hyper-V virtual machine?
With Hyper-V on Windows 8 – we have updated things so that, by default, all Windows key combinations go through to the virtual machine (except for Windows Key + L for locking the desktop). This means that you can just use the keyboard shortcuts out-of-the-box.
If, however, you are running Windows 8 on Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Windows key combinations will not go into the virtual machine by default. But this can be easily remedied. All you need to do is to open the Hyper-V settings and go to the Keyboard setting:
There you can select Use on the virtual machine. Then you will be able to use the new key combinations in virtual machines too.
OMG why does it have so many options? It should be simplified. And re-imagined as well. :)
We're using the AxMsRdpClient control embedded in a web browser for our connection. Do you know if there is a means to send Windows Key Shortcuts when using this connection method?
Alt-Home will send the windows key, but we cannot aggregate the windows key with other keystrokes.
Any thoughts on approaches we should take to solve this issue?