VMWare virtual machine (XP) size growing... why?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by PaulMoore, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I have just installed Windows XP with VMWare Fusion (2.0.6) and every time I shut down VMWare and check the size of the virtual machine back in Finder in OS X (Snow Leopard) it has grown by 2GB or so. Why is it doing this and how can I stop it? (It's now 8GB+ even though there is no software installed on the Windows side).

    I am running these on a late 2007 iMac.

    Thanks!
     
  2. macrumors regular

    robert05au

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    #2
    Have you added any programs into windows in VMware?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, none- that's why I don't understand the rapid growth- tripling in size since installation...
     
  4. macrumors 68040

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    The virtual machine file will grow through normal use. You can shrink it using VMware Tools from within the virtual machine environment.
     

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