VMAudioBackHost: A new way to fix sound for Windows 2000/XP guests on VMware Workstation

  • Since a couple of years, Windows 2000 and XP guests running inside VMware Workstation suffer from sound issues - in many cases, you will get a lot of stutter and distortion.

    There were a couple of fixes over the years like VMAudioFixTray and VMAudioBack, but due to some changes in Windows 10/11 and current VMware Workstation releases, they mostly stopped working.

    Thankfully, there's a new tool called VMAudioBackHost. Instead of running inside the guest OS, it targets the host OS directly by injecting a timing fix into the VMware process. A more in-depth explaination about the fix is provided in the project's readme.

    I tried this on my Windows 11 host with VMware Workstation 17 and a Windows 2000 VM, and I can confirm that this fully fixes all sound issues.

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