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Windows 7: Assigning RAM to virtual machine

01 Aug 2012   #1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Assigning RAM to virtual machine

My desktop computerís OS is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with 4gig of RAM installed. I recently installed VMware Player and then installed Windows XP Professional 32 bit. When I installed XP I assigned 1 gig of RAM. If Iím not mistaken, when I shutdown my virtual machine it will release the RAM that I assigned to it so that when Iím back on my host machine it still has the 4 gig of RAM. If thatís the case, wouldnít it be a good idea to assign 2 gig of RAM instead of the 1 gig to my virtual machine?

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01 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

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wouldnít it be a good idea to assign 2 gig of RAM instead of the 1 gig to my virtual machine?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
Not really no. Should only assign what you need. Now if you had a lot more RAM then maybe but the host machine is still going to need RAM of its own.
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01 Aug 2012   #3

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

OK, Thanks. I'll leave it as is.
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01 Aug 2012   #4
Lee

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11
 
 

If you are going to continue using a VM more ram should be on your mind. I have 16 gigs and when sitting up a VM it is nice to have that extra especially when sitting up another 64 bit OS. I have Kubuntu and Vista 64 setup in a VM with each assigned 4 gigs of ram; thus they run very smoothly. And, with this setup and three monitors I am able to run three OS at the same time (not to often though).
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05 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

If VMWare Player will swap RAM the way VMWare Workstation does, it's safe to over-allocate, since it is going to reserve a certain amount for the host OS and will swap VM RAM if needed.
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