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iMac i7 + Windows 7 + VMWare 3 = Painfully Slow?!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by discofuel, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I've just installed Windows 7 on my new iMac and when running it through WMWare it's extremely slow and basically unusable. Thought it would be super-fast on the i7?!

    My set up is as follows:
    Windows 7 64-bit on 50GB Bootcamp partition
    VMWare 3 using 2 processor cores & 1500MB Ram

    Things improve marginally if I use the ultra basic visual theme.

    Any ideas?

  2. macrumors regular

    How much RAM do you have?

    I have 4GB RAM on my C2D iMac, and I devote 2GB to VMware 3 - no
    problems at all.

    How much RAM do you have, and are you running Snow Leopard?
  3. macrumors 6502

    I've got 4GB RAM too and yes, snow leopard - it's a brand new quad-core i7 imac.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Just installed Parallels instead and I can't believe the different in performance!!!

    Parallels runs almost as fast as boot camp!
  5. macrumors 6502a


    I used to use parallels but started to use fusion because it seemed faster.
    Does anyone else also feel parallels is faster than fusion currently .
  6. macrumors 6502

    I spoke too soon - now the audio is crackling as if the cpu is maxed out, but it's only on 3%!
  7. macrumors member

    Has anyone had experience with windows 7 on the new MBP's with i7 processors?
  8. macrumors 6502

    I have a i7 MBP, and I run Win7 fine in both bootcamp and Fusion without problems. In this forum, you'll find many others who do too.

    Also, to the OP, did you update to 3.1.1? 3.1 was a quite noticeable speed bump.
  9. macrumors member

    Thank you so much. Do you run Anti virus software on windows 7? I am planning to use bootcamp this weekend to run Windows 7.

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