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On tweaking Vista for VMware Fusion use

Monday, February 2, 2009 by Thomas L

As you may know, I use VMware Fusion 2 for running a Vista installation on my Mac for .NET coding. However, as Vista is a performance hog by large numbers, I generally try to disable as much as possible on my virtual machine, making it go at least a little bit faster. This is what I do with a new Vista install.

Host system

In order to make things go a bit faster I try to have at least 1GB of memory on my installs. As always, the more the merrier. I then select the "Optimize for Virtual Machine disk performance" in VMware Fusion settings.

vmware settings

Guest system

I do a number of tweaks on Vista to make everything go as fast as possible. First off, I disable and stop the following services

  • Windows Search Indexer
  • Theme
  • Tablet PC Input Service
  • Windows Media Center Extender
  • Readyboost

I then make sure I have the worst-looking desktop ever, by selecting the Windows Classic theme in Control Panel -> Personalize -> Theme. After that I turn off the screen saver, I mean, it's not really that usable for a virtual machine.

To minimize everything even more, I turn off almost all nice-looking UI features

  • Right-click on the computer, select Properties
  • Select Advanced system settings
  • Press Settings under Performance
  • Select custom visual effects and disable everything except Smooth edges of screen fonts

ui settings

I then make sure the remote access features aren't turned on:

  • Right-click on the computer, select Properties
  • Go to the Remote tab
  • Uncheck "Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer"
  • Select "Don't allow connections to this computer"

remote connections

Now I have a reasonably performing system on my soon-to-be two years old 2GHz Macbook. Do any of you have any hint of what I should do to get an even faster Vista system?

1 kommentarer:

Lasse said...

I have successfully run a windows 2008 web server edition (from msdn) and converted it to a "workstation" with some tool out there.
When running VS2008 it consumes about 4-500 Mb memory of the 1Gb I set VMware to.
Quite ok performance actually.