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How to make Mac OS X Lion run 'lighter?'

Hello Experts,

How can I make my Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 run a little 'lighter?' Kind of like how I can make Windows 7 run lighter by disabling startup services using MSCONFIG? I have VMWare Fusion running on my Mac and it is very CPU intensive, I'd figure that if I can disable some non-essential services in Mac, I can make my VMs run much quicker.

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Nagendra Pratap Singh

What is your machine configuration?
Nagendra Pratap Singh

Your question relates more to OSX and less to VMware.

The first thing to add would be an SSD.

Try adding OSX to the topic list as well.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Download and Test Parallels for Mac, it's performance is better than VMware Fusion.

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Eoin OSullivan

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My apologies, I didn't mean to mislead anyone by placing VMWare in the category, I'm not sure if I can edit the topics anymore  : P

I have a Mac Mini - 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo, 8 GB RAM, OS X Lion 10.7.4

I've thought about replacing the HDD with an SSD, but can't afford it at the moment.

I've just invested a few dollars on VMWare Fusion, I think I'm going to use it for a while. But I'm open to testing Parallels.

eoinosullivan, I think I've found what I'm looking for from those links. I'm going to try them this weekend.

I'm going to leave this question open for a few days, in case someone else has other suggestions I can use.

Thanks everyone!