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Hack: Turn Off Debug Mode in VMWare Workstation 6 Beta

VMWare Workstation is great. The version 6 beta has even more awesome features…  but it’s slower than dirt, because debugging mode is turned on by default.

Thankfully there’s a quick and easy trick to turn off debugging, which will increase the speed a lot.

Here’s what we’re going to do:

  1. Open an explorer window and browse down to the VMWare install folder. (C:\Program Files\Vmware\VMware Workstation)
  2. You’ll see two folders, one named bin and another named bin-debug. 
  3. Rename bin-debug to bin-debug-old.
  4. Make a copy of the bin folder, and name the copied folder bin-debug.
  5. Enjoy Workstation 6 without debugging.

Here’s a screenshot of what the folder structure now should look like:

(Thanks to Daniel for the screenshot, and my friend Jeff for the tip)

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  • Published 03/22/07

Comments (6)

  1. db

    Great tip! Thanks guys.

  2. llbbl

    I think this only works for people running Vista. I am running the beta version in XP and there isn’t a BIN folder.

  3. Hackinc2000

    If your are using 6.5 beta 2, Do a search on your Vmware folder whit the world “debug” or “deb” it will find a file vmware-vmx-debug.exe now shown in the explorer. Rename it or Backup the file to another folder.

    You can renameit to vmware-vmx-debug.exe.bak if you want.

    Voalaaaaaa! Super VMware Desktop 6.5 Beta 2 a la Me.

  4. smartray05

    Thank you very much Hackinc2000

  5. Guinhill

    The same works for the 7.1 Beta
    Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\x64 and do the same, but then with the
    vmware-vmx-debug.exe file

  6. J K

    I can confirm it works on beta 7.1! Thanks GuInHill! VMWare is rolling now!

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