How to increase virtual RAM on a VMware image when launching with VMware Player

I thought I’d do a quick blog post on this as a lot of people evaluate VMware Virtual Machines on VMware Player, but a lot of times it is hard to change the Memory allocation. ¬†Here is a quick and easy way to do it when the Virtual Machine is off.

  1. Open the folder that the Virtual Machine is housed in and find the .vmx file
  2. Right click on the file and select to open it with notepad (or other similar text editor)
  3. Find the following line: memsize = “256” ¬†(Note the value may differ in your configuration)
  4. 256 means that the max amount of RAM allocated to the virtual machine, change this to the amount you want (measurement is in MB)
  5. Save the file and start up your virtual machine with the new RAM allocation

Hope this helps