Thanks for your response. Upon further investigation, I found that guest addons were not installed. I went to the wrong link and installed the DKMS module.
I just can not understand how taking a snapshot of the original system caused the mouse to capture permanently. This was a working system, now when I start the VM I have two message boxes that need to be close but I can not click to close them because they stay behind the host.
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Problem Solved! Thanks for all the responses but I had to re-create the image as I was on a tight schedule. All my efforts to salvage the image were not successful. I installed guest addons by running the executable from the CDROM. It installed successfully but for some unknown reason the VM kept control of the mouse. I found interesting that in order to log into the VM you had to do: CRTL+ALT+DEL as opposed to the define: CRTL+DEL as define in the documentation. In any case everything is working as it should with a fresh install.