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VM Tweaker improves customization


Hopachi

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Hello everyone,

I thought I share this one but probably some already use it.
It's a program called VM Tweaker that lets us customize VM settings for VMWare Player, Workstation and Fusion.
Since Player is poor on customization of hardware for example then this tool might come in handy.

You have to add all new customizations in the VMX file but doing that manually is not obvious and hard (we don't know what to change mostly) so therefore we use this tool. Maybe we need custom graphics memory size or boot with UEFI instead of BIOS, or boot with a customized BIOS... apparently it can be done.

This enhances the value of VMware Player since way more can be done this way that wasn't supported in the interface. (for example there's still one thing you'll need to do manually: changing default IDE to SCSI[SUP]1[/SUP] for better performance for example in XP, S2003 VM's).

Make sure you backup the VMX file before you add changes to it.

link:
VM Tweaker - Browse /VMTweaker at SourceForge.net

It's pretty straightforward and until now I could do some nice adjustments in the VM settings.

That's all.

Hopachi


[SUP]1 [/SUP]Changing IDE to SCSI in Player is not user friendly at all and has to be done manually by editing the VMX file of a particular VM. A better way is by making a Win7 VM because it already uses latest SAS (serial SCSI) drives and just change the type to whatever older system you install after creation. Make sure XP or other older system there has SCSI drivers or they have to be added with F6 at installer boot with virtual diskettes. The VM Tools include SCSI drivers.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
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    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
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    IDT HD Audio
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    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
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    120W adapter
    Case
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    Cooling
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    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
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Hopachi

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UEFI under VMware Player

...boot with UEFI instead of BIOS, ...
I'll create a new thread for more info and some testing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

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