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

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

  1. PaulMoore macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    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.

  2. robert05au macrumors regular


    May 19, 2005
    Dubbo, NSW
    Have you added any programs into windows in VMware?
  3. PaulMoore thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    No, none- that's why I don't understand the rapid growth- tripling in size since installation...
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    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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