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vSphere Client performs slowly on a Windows 7 system

You can run into the following problems when running VMware vSphere client 4.x on a Windows 7:

  • Redraws are visibly noticeable, especially when maximizing the VMware vSphere Client 4.x
  • The performance of the vSphere Client is slow

Well the problem is the desktop composition, short aero from Windows 7

Desktop composition is also known as Aero. It can either be disabled globally or on a program by program basis. Having it disabled while running such things as 3D games may provide a performance bump.

You can resolve the problem by disabling the aero, if you like the aero you can just disable it when running the VMware client. This can be done by following the next steps:

  1. Right-click the shortcut for the VMware vSphere Client and click Properties.
  2. Click the Compatibility tab.
  3. Select the “Disable desktop composition” option
  4. Click Ok

When you open the VMware vSphere client now you will see that the aero will be disabled and the vSphere client will preform normally.

Desktop composition is also known as Aero. It can either be disabled globally or on a program by program basis. Having it disabled while running such things as 3D games may provide a performance bump.

Windows 7 All Versions DVD

When you buy a Microsoft Windows 7 in the store, the only version you can install is the version you bought. Well there is a trick to show all the versions this way you can install any version you want from basic to ultimate.

To accomplish this you just have to delete the ei.cfg file in the folder /sources/ on the windows DVD
And burn the DVD again. If you have the iso on your computer you can use the eicfg_delete_utility from http://code.kliu.org/misc/winisoutils/ download here. Continue reading

Windows 7 USB Installation

Yesterday on a nice evening I wanted to upgrade my HP Mini to Microsoft Windows 7.
The HP Mini doesn’t have a CD/DVD-ROM drive on board as many mini notebooks.
I had two options connect a external dvd-drive or create a bootable USB Stick.

There is not much fun in just connecting a external dvd-rom drive so I went for the option of creating a bootable Microsoft Windows 7 install stick.

Surfing the web searching on how to create an installable Windows 7 USB stick, I noted there where some different options in creating one. I tested them out and will explain them.

The 2 different versions I tested:

  1. Difficult: manual way of creating a bootable Windows 7 install USB stick
  2. Easy: Automatic way via a tool to create a bootable Windows 7 install USB stick

What you will be needing:

  • An empty USB stick minimum 4GB
  • An Microsoft Windows 7 install DVD ISO file
  • A computer to prepare the USB drive
  • A computer or virtual machine to test the USB boot stick.

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