Best Performance in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by kristianmartin, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. kristianmartin

    kristianmartin Bit Poster

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    Hello,

    I have an office that I set up with some iMacs and a current generation of MacBook Pro with the Core i3/5 series processors. They are all running Windows 7. I am having problems with the MacBook Pro. The user is stating that it is running very slowly. Here at another office he has been running Windows XP in boot camp. I know there is a performance difference between boot camp and Parallels, so I need some help in getting Windows 7 running its best under Parallels 6. Can anyone comment on the options in either Windows 7 or Parallels that should be set?

    The software is Autodesk's Revit Architecture Suite 2010 (Revit Architecture and AutoCAD).

    Thank you.
     
  2. RockK

    RockK

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    My office had a new iMac that had only 4 gigabytes of RAM and was running Revit through Parallels/Windows7. The Revit performance was noticeably slow. Our first step was to slim down the Windows 7 memory usage to the absolute minimum. The difference was obviously improved. The second step was to add another 4 gigabytes of memory...suddenly the performance was great.
     
  3. Stan R

    Stan R

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    Are there any Windows 7 services that most people don't need to have turned on that can be disabled to increase Parallels performance?
     
  4. RockK

    RockK

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  5. kristianmartin

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    Graphics Cards also request Memory Resources

    RockK,

    Thanks for your replies and the shared link. I will try slimming down the VM memory usage.

    As a side note, depending on the application that you are running, Graphics Cards themselves request RAM usage. Here is an article for some information: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ram-memory-upgrade,2778.html
     
  6. MCG-Ryan

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    I found that 4GB was very slow, 6GB was a huge jump in performance, 8GB is ideal. I know it's an expensive upgrade but since I run Windows 7 in Parallels constantly and switch back and forth all day, it was essential to productivity.
     
  7. thisisjess

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    Honestly I have MBP 2.4GHz i5/8GB/ 120GB SSD/ and the VM seems to run faster with 2GB RAM then with anything more than that. when i set it to 4GB it runs slower... my .02
     

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