Just may help somebody else:
I've changed the power settings, both on the real machine and the vmware machine to 'High Performance' in Control Panel - Hardware and Sound - Power Options and the first impressions are a much more responsive keyboard. We'll wait and see...
Yes, you are right, the battery is out of order in the laptop.@Daniel-White ,
I guess you have a bad adapter or dying battery or something that causes the laptop to go in a slower mode,
check the link below for my findings about this issue.