vmware workstation player disable side channel mitigations

To disable side channel mitigations in VMware Workstation Player, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open the VMware Workstation Player application.
  2. Go to the virtual machine library by clicking on "File" and then "Open a Virtual Machine."
  3. Select the virtual machine you want to disable side channel mitigations for and click on "Play virtual machine."
  4. Before starting the virtual machine, click on "Edit virtual machine settings."
  5. In the "Virtual Machine Settings" window, select the "Options" tab.
  6. Under the "Advanced" section, click on "CPU/MMU Virtualization" to expand the options.
  7. Uncheck the box next to "Enable side channel mitigations (Spectre/Meltdown) for this virtual machine."
  8. Click on "OK" to save the changes and close the settings window.
  9. Start the virtual machine and the side channel mitigations will be disabled.

Please note that disabling side channel mitigations can expose your virtual machine to potential security vulnerabilities. It is recommended to only disable these mitigations if you understand the risks and have a specific need to do so.