Applies to:
Windows 7 VDI

A whitepaper for Windows 7 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) performance optimization.

It goes over the following the following topics:

· Visual Effects Settings

· Windows Services Optimization Recommendations

· Windows “Features” Possible Settings

· Windows Group Policy Settings

· Windows Event Log Optimization Recommendations

· Virtual Machine Disk Controller Configuration

· Clean up miscellaneous files from the base image before locking down as “gold”

· Apply applicable Microsoft updates and hotfixes

· Memory Management Settings

· Networking Recommendations

· Scheduled Tasks

· Increase Service Timeout

· Disable Boot Animation

· Change Hard Error Popup Behavior

· File System Optimizations

· Event Trace Sessions

· Crashdump Recovery Options

· Pagefile Settings

· Miscellaneous Startup Items



Download available at:

Performance Optimization Guidelines for Windows 7 Desktop Virtualization

v1.0 Jun. 21, 2012
v1.9 Dec. 3, 2012

Published to web: 10/18/2013:


The Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) view on Virtual Desktop (VDI) Density
Deconstructing the PFE VDI Optimization Script

Windows 7 VDI image hotfixes