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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