You can optimize Windows for either foreground programs or background services by setting performance options. By default, Horizon 7 disables certain performance options for RDS hosts for all supported versions of Windows Server.

The following table shows the performance options that are disabled by Horizon 7.

Table 1. Performance Options Disabled by Horizon 7

Performance Options Disabled by Horizon 7

Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing

Show shadows under mouse pointer

Show shadows under windows

Use drop shadow for icon labels on the desktop

Show windows contents while dragging

The five performance options that are disabled by Horizon 7 correspond to four Horizon 7 settings in the registry. The following table shows the Horizon 7 settings and their default registry values. The registry values are all located in the registry subkey HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VDM\Agent\Configuration. You can re-enable the performance options by setting one or more of the Horizon 7 registry values to false.

Table 2. Horizon 7 Settings Related to Windows Performance Options

Horizon 7 Setting

Registry Value

Disable cursor shadow

DisableMouseShadows

Disable full window drag

DisableFullWindowDrag

Disable ListView shadow

DisableListViewShadow

Disable Window Animation

DisableWindowAnimation