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Windows 7: XP Mode insufficient resources

10 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 pro 32 bit
XP Mode insufficient resources

HP ProBook 4510s Windows 7 Pro 32
Intel Core Duo T6570 2.1GHz
Memory allocated to XP Mode is 2048M

I followed the instructions on this site to install and set-up XP Mode. The first time I launch the XP mode after a reboot, it will work correctly. From that point forward, the majority of time, I get an error that says insufficient memory resources are available to launch XP Mode. I have checked in Task Manager, and there are no unusual memory drains. CPU usage is 15% or less. Memory usage is always less than 1G. I usually need to reboot in order for it to work again.

Does anyone else experience this issue? Any suggestions?


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10 Sep 2010   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

Hi bbloom96. Welcome to SF. Please first fill out your system specs.
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10 Sep 2010   #3
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Another Welcome to the Seven Forums! bbloom96

The message you are seeing is all too familiar. "Memory allocated to XP Mode is 2048M" or 2gb out of 4gb while you are likely seeing several background processes running. You alotted too much memory to the XP Mode for what you have running in the background on Windows.

Don't feel lost at all! I ran into that enough here on the last build having multiple VMs as well as the XP Mode. And each of those was down at only 512mb with 1gb set for the XP Mode with 4gb of memory installed. The first of the two screens below show how that looked while the second shows how to bring up the help information for a particular setting like memory.

Under "Configure virtual machine memory,

Memory is as important in a virtual machine as it is in a physical computer. A virtual machine requires enough memory to run the guest operating system and all the applications that you want to run at the same time on the virtual machine. If you need to change the amount of memory allocated to a virtual machine, you can do so when the virtual machine is not running or hibernated. For more information about shutting down a virtual machine, see Shut down a virtual machine manually.

A virtual machine consumes memory only while it is running. To start a virtual machine, the computer must have enough physical memory available to provide the virtual machine with the amount of memory specified for the virtual machine. If there is not enough available physical memory, the virtual machine will not start. If you have multiple virtual machines and want to run them at the same time, there must be enough physical memory available to provide each virtual machine with the amount of memory that is specified for it.

It is possible to configure the Memory setting for the virtual machine with all the available physical memory (memory that is in use on the host is not included as available memory). We recommend that you avoid allocating all available memory to a virtual machine. Instead, allocate enough memory to run the guest operating system and applications. In most cases, the amount of memory recommended for the operating system should be sufficient. For information about the recommended amount of memory, see the documentation for the specific operating system.

To configure virtual machine memory
  1. Open the settings for the virtual machine. In the Virtual Machines folder, right-click the name of the virtual machine, and then click Settings.
  2. In the left pane of the Windows Virtual PC Settings page, click Memory.
  3. In the right pane, specify the new amount of memory.
  4. Click OK to save the change.
By lowering the amount down a bit to 1gb that should clear this up for you immediately.

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10 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 pro 32 bit

Thanks for the follow up. I will lower the virtual RAM.

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10 Sep 2010   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

That should clear things up you right away. The new build here solved the multiple VM/XP Mode problem now having 8gb of memory installed for the 64bit host OS. The host as well as the guest OS still needs ram available.
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