05-08-14

Windows 7 Desktop Tuning Quick Reference

Another item that kicked me a bit in the VCAP-DTA exam (as per the RADIUS post below) was tuning the Windows 7 desktop image for VDI. I mean, that could be a million settings, couldn’t it? Where do you start? You could take the whole of the three hours of the exam tweaking and changing! While going through a View best practices white paper for another piece of work that I’m doing, I came across a handy chart for a handful of basic items you should tune on your Windows 7 desktop, which is a damn sight easier than remembering hundreds of registry keys and group policy settings!

 

PARAMETER CONFIGURATION
vCPU 1 for WinXP and Win7 and Win8

2 for multimedia intensive apps

Memory 512-768 MB for WinXP

1GB for 32-bit Win7 and Win82GB for 64-bit Win7 and Win8

3GB for Win7 and Win8 64-bit for memory-intensive apps

Network adapter VMXnet3, flexible
Storage adapter PVSCSI or LSI Logic SAS
VMware Tools Latest installed
Visual settings “Adjust to best performance”

Disable Animations for Windows Maximize and Minimize operations

Use default cursor for busy and working cursor

Disable services Windows Update, Super-fetch, Windows Index
Group policy settings Disable Hibernation

Screensaver to None

Other settings Turn off clear-type

Disable fading effectsDisable auto-play and external drive caching for quick release

Disable last access timestamps (1)

 

1) Set the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Filesystem/
NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate to 1

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