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 a VMware virtual machine. Here is the step by step guide to add more space using VMWare player.

2 ways to 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 size
    How 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 size
    How to change RAM size in VMware player step 2 (increase memory on VMware virtual machine)

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. 

Read also: [Fix] Not in a hypervisor partition (HVP=0)

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.

I hope this post helped you to increase memory on VMware virtual machine.
Happy learning 🙂

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