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Windows 10 support for App Volumes 2.12 (2148177)

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Purpose

This article describes how to use App Volumes 2.12 in combination with Windows 10 Anniversary Update in a non-persistent VDI environment.

This article is specifically targeted at non-persistent VDI environments running Windows 10 and contains tuning tips for optimizing the performance and user experience.

App Volumes 2.12 is only supported on the below or higher build version of Windows 10:
 
November 8, 2016 (OS Build 14393.447)
 
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Resolution

The Windows 10 operating system contains lot of services, components, and applications that are not needed or not compatible with a non-persistent VDI environment. This article describes which changes can be made to the master image to optimize Windows 10.

All of these (and more) optimizations are included in the VMware OS Optimization Tool. This free tool is released as a VMware fling under the VMware Technical Preview License, with limited support. Ensure that you understand the impact of this, when using this tool.

This tool optimizes Windows 10 for VDI deployments and can reduce the resources needed by Windows 10 by 30 percent. The tool speeds up Windows 10 and gives users a faster and better responsive experience.

You can download the tool from VMware OS Optimization Tool.
 
This is the list with the most important optimizations that should be considered when building a Windows 10 VDI master image.

General optimizations:

  • Clean up the default Start Menu for all users
  • Disable Error Reporting
  • Disable Hard Disk timeouts
  • Disable First Login Animation
  • Disable Memory Dumps
  • Disable NTFS last access timestamp
  • Disable OneNote Auto Startup
  • Disable TCP/IP Large Send Offload
  • Increase Disk I/O timeout
  • Increase Service Startup timeouts
  • Set the Visual Effects to ‘best performance’
Disable the following services to get the best experience:

Note: Services like Windows Update should not be used in non-persistent environments. Instead, the Windows Updates and Patches should be included in the master image on a regular basis.
  • AllJoyn Router Service
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service
  • Geolocation Service
  • Microsoft Account Sign-in Assistant
  • Storage Service
  • Superfetch
  • Themes
  • Windows Defender (only if other anti virus software is used)
  • Windows Search
  • Windows Update

Disable these Windows Components for faster startup times and better performance:

  • Hibernation
  • Cortana
  • Telemetry Collection
  • Ready Boost
  • System Restore
  • Windows Media Player
  • Gadget Platform
  • XPS Services
  • Windows Store

Disable the below Scheduled Tasks for an optimized Windows 10 environment:

  • Application Experience
  • Bluetooth
  • Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
  • Defrag schedule
  • Diagnosis
  • DiskDiagnostic
  • Registry Idle Backup Task
These Universal Appx applications should be removed to improve login performance:

Note: Universal apps that place a tile on Start Menu are not supported.

  • 3DBuilder
  • Appconnector
  • BingFinance
  • BingNews
  • BingSports
  • BingWeather
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga
  • Communications Apps
  • Getstarted
  • Mail
  • MicrosoftOfficeHub
  • MicrosoftSolitaireCollection
  • OneNote
  • People
  • SkypeApp
  • Twitter
  • Windows Photos
  • WindowsAlarms
  • WindowsCamera
  • WindowsMaps
  • WindowsPhone
  • WindowsSoundRecorder
  • WindowsStore
  • XboxApp
  • ZuneMusic
  • ZuneVideo

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