Get the Most Out of Windows Guest VMs in ProxMox VE 🌱

NOTE: This tutorial assumes the Windows VM has already been installed

  1. Log into the ProxMox web UI
  2. Select a storage from the left navigation pane to download the driver .iso to
  3. Select ISO Images in the left sub-navigation pane
  4. If running ProxMox 6, download the VirtIO driver iso Download and upload it to the ProxMox ISO image library
  5. If on ProxMox 7, click Download from URL and paste the download URL from above > Click Query URL > Click Download
  6. Select the target Windows VM in the left navigation pane
  7. Shutdown the VM is it is currently running
  8. Select Hardware in the left sub-navigation menu
  9. Double click Machine > Set Machine to Q35 if it is not already > Click OK
  10. Double click the SCSI Controller > Set to VirtIO SCSI if it is not already > Click OK
  11. Double click the Hard Disk > Set the Cache to Write back and check the Discard box > Click OK
  12. Double click the Network Device > Set the Model to VirtIO (paravirtualized) > Click OK
  13. Double click the CD/DVD Drive
  14. Select the Use CD/DVD disc image file (iso) option > Select the storage where the VirtIO driver iso was downloaded > Select the virtio .iso file > Click OK
  15. Select Options from the left navigation menu
  16. Double click the QEMU Guest Agent option
  17. Check the Use QEMU Guest Agent box > Click OK
  18. Click console in the left sub-navigation menu
  19. Click Start at the top right of the window to power on the VM
  20. Once Windows has loaded, login
  21. Open File Explorer and browse to the CD/DVD drive
  22. Run the QEMU guest utilities installer (virtio-win-guest-tools.exe)
  23. Complete the installation using the default options
  24. Once the installation completes, restart the VM