KVM Windows 7 graphics performance using remote desktop

Xdg asked:

I’m have a Windows 7 installed as a KVM guest on Ubuntu Server 14.04 (headless server). Virtio driver is installed (for system disk). Graphics performance is bad due to lack of graphics driver – there is only a “standard VGA adapter” in a Device manager.

Does any “Guest additions” exist for KVM and Windows (7/8)? Is it possible to use Aero on KVM? I want to use RDP, but if VNC is good enough to support graphic effects, I don’t care.

VM create command:

virt-install –connect qemu:///system –name win7develop –ram 8192
–vcpus 2 –disk path=sysdisk.qcow2,format=qcow2,bus=virtio,cache=none –boot hd –network=bridge:br0,model=e1000 –vnc –vncport=5900 –video=qxl –os-type=windows –os-variant=win7 –noautoconsole –accelerate –noapic –arch x86_64

Host CPU is Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1246 v3 @ 3.50GHz (integrated graphics).

My answer:

Yes, set the virtual machine’s video driver to SPICE and then install the SPICE guest tools in the Windows guest.

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