I use VMware Player 5 on Windows and those problems never occurred to me.
Sorry no Workstation or Fusion but the same general settings should apply since it's the same version.
If it's a VM setting problem it should be fixable.
However, here on Player, there is no way to update the vm version automatically like in Fusion or Workstation, but you can manually update it:
-First stop the VM,
-Edit the vmx file of the VM:
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "9"
ONLY the second line here needs to be a 9 the first one is an 8.
Upgrade complete, install the new tools from the VM.