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Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Guest Operating System Performance Tips

This section offers advice for configuring a Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 guest operating system for better performance inside a VMware Workstation virtual machine.

Note: This document pertains to the guest operating system that is running inside a VMware Workstation virtual machine. It does not describe actions that should be taken on Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 running on the host computer.

Guest Operating System Selection

Make certain you have selected the correct guest operating system in the virtual machine settings editor — VM > Settings > Options.

VMware Tools

Make certain VMware Tools is installed. VMware Tools provides an optimized SVGA driver and sets up the VMware Tools service to run automatically when the system starts. Among other things, the VMware Tools service allows you to synchronize the virtual machine's clock with the host computer's clock, which can improve performance for some functions. You can install VMware Tools by choosing VM > Install VMware Tools.

Visual Effects

The fade effects that Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 use when displaying menus can be somewhat slow and make the virtual machine seem less responsive.

To disable the fade effects, right-click the guest operating system desktop, then choose Properties > Appearance > Effects (on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003) or Properties > Effects (on Windows 2000) and uncheck Use transition effects for menus and tool tips.

Full Screen Mode

Run your virtual machine in full screen mode. Click the Full Screen button on the VMware Workstation toolbar.

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