After copying my virtual machine files to a backup and then I try to boot from it, that virtual machine can take more than 1-1/2 minutes to get past the Windows Welcome screen.
Generally, re-installing VMware Tools will fix this problem. However, when I attempted this for the first time, I was not able to get the installation to work.
First, I uninstalled the old vmware tools using Window’s “Add/Remove Programs” utility.
Then, with the virtual machine running, I clicked the VM menu > “Virtual Machine > Reinstall VMware Tools”
You are supposed to see the program running in Windows at that point, but it was not working for me.
Finally, I realized that for some reason the CD ROM Autorun setting was “Off”. But the virtual CD had been created in the “D” drive. When I checked the contents of the “D” drive, indeed, the “setup.exe” file was there. I clicked it and the VMware Tools program began its installation.