darob13
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Windows 10 VM sluggish compared to Windows 7 VM, any ideas why?

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Hi, I'm new here. I've been running a Windows 7 VM with Fusion 8.5.10 with out problems but a new Windows 10 VM with the same Fusion settings is laggy and sluggish by comparison. Computer is Mac Pro early 2009, 16 Gb RAM. 9 Gb RAM assigned to Fusion, 3D acceleration enabled, VT-x/EPT enabled. I've uninstalled the Windows 10 preloaded apps I don't need etc and consulted various performance oriented websites for help. There doesn't appear to be any difference with these changes.

Any ideas what else I should do? Any advice appreciated, thanks.

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darob13
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Hey I found a couple executable files that I trust and have added to the antivirus exclusion list and it’s made all the difference. I won’t name them bc who am I to suggest what’s safe or not but if anyone else is running an older computer you may be able to use the Task Manager to help you with this.

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dlhotka
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Windows 10 requires significantly more resources than Windows 7.  That's a pretty old machine and may not have the CPU functions that Win10 relies on.

Make sure you haven't given more than N-1 physical cores to the VM, and that you changed the virtual OS setting for the VM to Windows 10 from 7.

wila
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Hi,

When you say "VT-x/EPT enabled" do you mean this?

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If so, then unless you want to run virtual machines in your virtual machine you don't need it (and it certainly will not make things faster)

On your machine I would not assign more than 2 cores to that VM.

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darob13
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Thanks for the feedback. I think you're right re the computer limitations. I've noticed everything speeds up when the realtime anti-virus protection is off, which supports that idea.

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darob13
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Thanks, I've disabled the hypervisor apps function. The VM performance websites I've checked seemed to suggest enabling it would improve performance without saying what it's actually for, which I clearly don't need.  Cheers.

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dlhotka
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Realtime shouldn't slow things down, but scans certainly do.  System restore is another feature that can cause major slowdowns.

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darob13
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Hey I found a couple executable files that I trust and have added to the antivirus exclusion list and it’s made all the difference. I won’t name them bc who am I to suggest what’s safe or not but if anyone else is running an older computer you may be able to use the Task Manager to help you with this.

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