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I am having ThinkPad w530 with 16 MB RAM and it has intel core i7 processor. I just installed VMWare Workstation 8.0 and I created a Virtual machine for Windows 7.0.

The performance of the virtual machine is very very slow, as I was using VMWare player 4.0 before with a vm of windows xp and it was great on another think pad with only 8 MB RAM.

I wonder if there is some mistake or some missing configuration that I need to do.

Here are my settings for the VM of Windows 7.0

Memory 8GB Processor 4 Virtualization Engine; Automatic

Network Adaptor: NAT

I wonder if any one can help me to fix this performance problem

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Try setting the virtualization engine manually. This fixed the problem for me. (Running Windows 8 x86_64 in VMware Workstation 9.0.2 on Arch Linux x86_64 3.9.2-1.

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I think the main problem is in the nvidea display driver. It seems it is not only the virtual machine, it is also the most of the applications on the host machine.

The fact it seems that the nvideia driver is killing the machine. This is the only difference that I made that make this performance problem.

I remved it based on the instructions on this URL How can I uninstall a nvidia driver completely ?

These are the steps

sudo apt-get remove --purge nvidia-*
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
echo 'nouveau' | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
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