The case of the missing mouse on windows 2012 via rdp

Issue: No mouse pointer after you RDP to some windows 2012 servers, seems to be more common from linux systems. Also in my research it seems this fix works for slow mouse pointers too in RDP

Workaround:

  1. launch control panel
  2. click on mouse options
  3. click on the pointers tab
  4. uncheck “enable pointer shadow”

If you need keyboard shortcuts:

  1. windows key +R for run command
  2. then “control main.cpl”
  3. uncheck “enable pointer shadow” *use tab if needed to select option.

References:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/192806

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/126449

bonusĀ https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/3dcd8f57-3efc-46e9-b2e1-34e61f3ddb3d/remote-desktop-connection-mouse-slow-with-windows-2012?forum=winserver8gen