What are good settings for running Windows 7 virtually?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by NOSintake, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. NOSintake macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    So I know you can go and change settings in just about any VM player, but I was wondering what are good settings to run Windows 7 under. I gave it 40gb of hard drive, 2GB of RAM (out of 4GB, which might lead to my problem), 1 processor, and what ever the default is for just about anything else. The reason I'm asking is because it seems a little sluggish, and not very responsive. I'm not sure if that's because of my specs, VM Fusion, graphics card (9400m) or just running it virtually to begin with.
  2. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    My VMWARE was running 7 very slow so I swapped over to Parallels and it's blazing fast.
  3. NOSintake thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    I'll have to check it out then. Reason I went with VMware is because I kept hearing people say that Parallels wasn't as stable as VMware
  4. jetoo macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2009
    I tried fusion v2, it worked fine.
    but then I moved to Parrallels 5, and it's great!
    I just put 1 core, 1gb for Windows 7 32bits and it's fast, i've installed Office 2010 on it, there's no lag.
    The crystal function is awesome.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm running win7 on version 3 of vmware and its very perky. I have 1.5gig of ram allocated and I dedicated the two cpus. What I found surprising is that when I switch over to the host OS, its still very responsive even though I dedicated both cores to vmware.

    Over all, vmware has done another great job, providing good performance and rock solid stability.

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