My Pictures Library located on a network share is very slow when opening, even if no pictures are loaded but just icons. To avoid this:
Open properties of the My Pictures folder. Click Customize tab. Change Optimize this library for value from Pictures to General Items.
Now it should open much faster.
When your computer is having a UEFI , it will prefer a GPT (GUID Partition Table) on the harddisk to function. GPT has advantages over MBR (Master Boot Record) such as support for larger disks.
Start the diskpart.exe and run the command:
When there is a star in the Gpt column the disk is Gpt, else it is an MBR disk.
(Example of a disk without GPT)
More information about the difference between GPT and MBR can be found on the Wiki pages:
GPT = GUID Partition Table (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table)
MBR = Master Boot Record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record)
Virtual UEFI firmware can be enabled on VMware Workstation 8.x or 9.x, but it is not officially supported.
To do so add the following line to your .vmx file of the virtual machine.
firmware = "efi"
Next time you start the Virtual Machine you will see this screen:
Instead of the BIOS screen of VMware. Starting installing Windows 8 in UEFI mode is now possible. Unfortunately it is not possible to enable Secure Boot in VMware yet.
Changing from BIOS to UEFI also changes the hardware of the Virtual Machine. Normally a VM identifies it as VMware Virtual Platform, with UEFI this is changed to ‘VMware 7.1’ (in my case). So be care full with this.