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The main question: How much impact does having VMWare Workstation installed?

What I mean by that, is VMWare Workstation comes with a bunch of services, a load of network devices, and so on. By default, that is. How much will these services impact the host's performance when VMWare is idle?

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I use workstation 7 every day at work. I have a Linux Mint machine with 2GB of memory that i use constantly for virus research and error research surfing, as well as personal surfing such as this page and other sites and message boards I like to keep current on. My host is a Core 2 Quad at 2.5GHz with 8GB of memory running 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate. Even with the VM running all the time, the computer still feels fine. The last time I rebooted the VM, the uptime said 105 days. Yes it uses some Memory, but I have the available memory so it does not slow down the computer. I have had up to 3 VMs running at the same time, and still it doesnt impact the overall speed of the Host OS, only if all of them are doing something at once.

Impact of using a VM depends heavily on what you are doing with the VM, and how powerful the host is. Generally any modern dual core processor computer with enough memory to not max out while using the VM will run with little impact to the Host's performance.

Performance will be hit if there is a lot of IO intensive things happening on the VM of course, and especially if the VM is located on the same disk as the host OS. Just a couple things to be mindful of.

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My computer isn't affected very much at all when I am not using VMWare - However, I did turn off all of the VMWare startup processes for when I reboot my computer, since I may not use the program every time. I am sure that this has saved me some memory. If I need to use VMWare, I just open it up and the processes / tasks come back.

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What exactly did you turn off? I tried disabling the services, and making a .bat file, but the network wouldn't become active, no matter what. (I started all the services.) –  Shiki Mar 12 '12 at 13:01
    
All of the processes in the startup tab when msconfig is run. I didn't disable all of the service, I believe I actually let most of them run. But all of the startup items I left off. –  ekaj Mar 12 '12 at 16:38

There is no performance implication at all. Some network diagnostic tools are unhappy about custom network adapters and (incorrectly) complain about interface status.... Otherwise no problem... If you set those services to "manual" they will start as needed.

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