Running Windows 2008 and Windows 7 operating systems on ESXi is common in today’s
IT world. Every customer I talk to is running one form of Microsoft operating system in their virtual environment. While the operating system may work, this may pose challenges for you on the VMware console. Possibly you have experienced a jumpy mouse pointer, lagging on its movement especially if you are accessing a server at another location with high latency. This is a result of Windows using the “Standard VGA Graphics Adapter” as the default driver.
Improving Your User Experience
In this post I will walk you through the steps to improve your user experience through the console by changing the video driver to the preferred VMware SVGA 3D driver.
1. Select Start, right mouse click on computer and select manage.
2. Expand Diagnostics and Navigate to Device Manager. Inside Device Manager expand Display Adapters and Right click on Standard VGA Graphics Adapter and select “Update Driver Software”.
4. Browse to “C:\Program files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video” and select Next.
To read more about the “wddm_video” driver, please check out our knowledge base article.
5. Once Windows has successfully updated your driver software select close.
6. You will be prompted to restart your computer. After your computer has been rebooted you should notice an improvement to your video and mouse performance.
I get a lot of questions about this from my customers. Please share if this was helpful, or if you have other comments or tips on this!
Talk to you soon,
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