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How to install VMware video driver on Windows 2008

It happens often to me to log via Console to a Windows 2008 VM and to have poor graphical performance. All the times the culprit was that the VMware video driver was missing. This driver is not autoconfigured by VMware Tools installation on Windows 2008, so there is a quick manual procedure to follow.

Note: this procedure needs a VM reboot.

Perform the following steps to install this different video driver and improve the graphical console performance:

1) From the Start menu, select Run, type devmgmt.msc and click OK to launche the Device Manager Console

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2) Expand Display Adapters, right click on "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" and select Update Driver Software

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3) Choose "Browse My Computer For Driver Software", click Browse, navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Drivers\wddm_video and click Next

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4) After some seconds, Windows will report that it has successfully updated the device "VMware SVGA 3D". Click Close

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5) Reboot the VM.

After Windows reboot, you should notice improved performance when using the graphical console.

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