How to increase memory on VMware virtual machine in 2 simple ways

There can be scenarios when your Vmware virtual machine has less RAM allocated which causes the VM to perform slower. In that case, you must know how to increase memory on VMware virtual machine. Here is the step by step guide.

Increase memory on VMware virtual machine:
Way #1:

  1. Open VMware Player
  2. Select the VM from the list for which you want to change the RAM sizeHow to change RAM size in VMware player step 1
  3. Click on “Edit virtual machine settings”
  4. Select the “Memory” option and in the right panel drag the slider or put the exact sizeHow to change RAM size in VMware player step 2

Note: This way of changing the RAM size works only when the VM is not running. If the VM is running, the slider becomes non-modifiable.

If the VMware memory is grayed out, shut down the virtual machine and try again.

Way #2:

  1. Go to the physical location of the virtual machine.
  2. Search for .vmx file (VMware virtual machine configuration)
  3. Right click on the .vmx file and open with Notepad
  4. Search for the phrase “memsize
  5. Change the value to the desired size. In my case, I have allocated 20 GB to my VM.

memsize = “20480”

i.e. 20 x 1024 = 20480

Remember to restart the VM, if running in order to reflect the changes.

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