How to Improve Virtual Machine Performance

We often create virtual machine to use more than one operating system within an existing OS. That means, if you have Windows 7 and a virtual machine creator such as Virtual Box or VMware, you can easily test other operating system like Windows 8, Windows 10, Android etc. on your virtual machine.

But, the problem is virtual machine doesn’t work well for a long time. Initially, it works really well and provides an awesome fast performance. However, over the days, it becomes comparatively slower than starting days. Hence, you may face various problems like hang etc. Therefore, today I am going to introduce some tips and tricks what may help you to improve virtual machine performance dramatically.

Note: These following tricks always work on VMware as well as Virtual Machine.

How to improve virtual machine performance?

There might have tons of tips and tricks but this following list contains only best of them.

Good Hardware Configuration

PC Hardware

Virtual machine uses your hardware of seed PC or primary PC. Hence, if you have a low configuration, you may not work on virtual machine fluently or smoothly. Loads of problems may occur concurrently. That means, you need to have a good hardware configuration i.e. processor, RAM etc. This is very easy to understand that if you have only 4GB of RAM and you are utilizing more than 2GB RAM for virtual machine, your core PC will be slower.

On the other hand, sometime, we need to use more than 2GB RAM for installing various operating systems i.e. Ubuntu 64-bit. Therefore, the very first thing is to upgrade your core hardware. This solution has worked like charming for me.

Always Create New Hard Disk for Each Installation

Virtual Box as well as VMware helps users to install multiple operating systems virtually. Whenever, you will try to create a second virtual machine, you will get a screen something like the following picture,

Virtual disk selection

You have two options. First, Create new hard disk and second is Use existing hard disk. Here, hard disk is indicating virtual hard disk, what you already have for the previous installation. If you choose Use existing hard disk, your files can be messed up after using few couple of days. But, if you choose create new [virtual] hard disk, both system files would be stored separately.

Do Not Use More than Recommended RAM


While creating a virtual machine, any virtual machine creator helps users to select RAM. RAM is an essential component of any PC. If you use more than recommended RAM, your virtual machine will be running smoothly but your primary PC would be slower and may be hanged. Therefore, if you need to use more than recommended RAM, the only option is to upgrade your hardware, at first.

Try to Use 32-Bit OS

Windows and Ubuntu are two popular OS and many people use these operating systems virtually. if you have a basic knowledge, you know that 32-bit version requires less RAM and comparatively low configuration than 64-bit. Therefore, you can save a lot of RAM if you use 32-bit version of Windows and Ubuntu.

Do not Install Lots of Apps on Virtual Machine

If you are using virtual machine, you need to keep in mind that thing. If you use loads of app on virtually installed Windows or Ubuntu, it will start consuming more RAM and memory. Hence, it can make your machine slower. Therefore, this is suggested to use less apps at a time.

Bottom Line

There may have more other tricks to make your virtual machine faster, but these aforementioned tricks have helped me a lot. Instead of dual-boot, you can easily use Virtual Box or VMware to use any OS including Android.

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