Unless things have changed with versions newer than 8.5, a Mac or Win7 VM requires you to release the cursor using Command-Control in Window mode; this I’m sure is not the case for Unity; I never use it. And, yes, I have VMWare Tools installed.
If you know a trick to override this behavior with 8.5, please let me know.
Yes, restoring a disk by clicking ‘moved’ or ‘copied’ seems like it should work flawlessly (and that feature has existed at least since v4), but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to reinstall VMWare Tools and reset network configurations and generate new MAC addresses when all I did was move the image from one drive to another (and yes, I tried both options; sometimes it is, as I said, persnickety).
Yes, I agree, the liberal personal license (does not include Enterprise or Commercial and not always Education) is a definite bonus for families.
And one thing I love most about VMWare is they don’t shove misleading ads for annual updates down your throat; something Parallels does every single year, trying to lead you into believing you must update with macOS annually. I can’t tell you the number of clients/peers who are misled and extorted at $50 a pop every Winter, or have signed up for the expensive subscriptions.
Win7 will run for 3-4 years at a time in Parallels versions; one need only upgrade if one needs to also upgrade the guest OS and wants flawless support for all new features (or updates Mac hardware to a version that Parallels doesn’t support the parent OS).
Heck, I’m even running Mojave in Fusion 8.5; it’s not perfect, but its good enough. That said, I’d happily update Fusion to 10 or 11, but it won’t run on my unkillable 3,1. [sad trombone]