My virtual machine consumes about 100% of the Mac CPU resources

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Symptoms

Cause

High CPU usage by virtual machine's operating system.

Resolution 

Maximum utilization of every CPU unit assigned to a virtual machine in Activity Monitor counts as 100%. For example, if your virtual machine has 4 CPU units assigned, then a total amount of CPU utilization by a VM will be 400%. To check how many CPU units are assigned to VM open configuration window > Hardware > CPU & Memory.

NOTE: We highly recommend using the recommended number of CPUs. Assigning more recommended number may cause performance degradation of both Mac and virtual machine.

Users who uses their virtual machines rarely may encounter slowness and other performance issues after starting a virtual machine if it wasn't used a long time. From our side we recommend to give Windows some time to finish doing necessary internal jobs and other required maintenance tasks. If Windows still working slowly, check Task Manager as described below to find out the reason of CPU consumption.

Virtual machine's CPU consumption directly depends on guest operating system usage. If you notice that your VM consumes a high amount of CPU resources, check CPU consumption in guest operating system in Task Manager (right-click on Windows task bar > Task Manager):

Once you determined what process of Windows program consumes sufficient amount of CPU, you may refer to the software manufacturer knowledge base to find more information. For some types of software, like video or photo editing, CAD or videogames, high CPU usage is a common operation condition.

If you find that this process belongs to Windows OS, please note that the following system actions cause high CPU usage:

To find out the reason for high CPU usage in your case, note the process name and refer to Microsoft Support or a third-party resources for more information.

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