Optimise Windows 7 for VDI

There are a number of options and settings that can be tweaked withing Windows 7 to increase its performance and reduce its storage I/O. This is particularly useful when planning on using Windows 7 in a VDI environment as it can decrease the overhead and storage impact of multiple VMware View session.

VMware have released a recommended configuration guide to optimise Windows 7 for VDI as have many other bloggers. To combined this collected set of recommended Windows 7 tweaks, I have published both a script and registry files that can be used on a base Windows 7 virtual machine before you begin to either deploy, or clone for use with VDI.

The script and registry files are to be used together to invoke the necessary changes. Once applied, the changes will be reflected on all post user profiles created. Follow the below steps on how best to apply these optimisation settings.

Step 1. Create a new Windows 7 virtual machine and login as a local administrator.

Step 2. Run the following registry files that can be found here. Reg1 | Reg2

Step 3. Run the following batch script that can be found here. Script

Step 4. Continue by cloning this virtual machine or test its effects by logging in as a general users.

By using these optimisation teaks, I found the I/O impact on my VDI environment had reduced as well as an increase in refresh rate during a View session for users at remote locations.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my other posts on VDI and Windows optimisation.

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