Although, by today’s standards, Windows XP doesn’t require much in the way of system resources, Windows XP Mode, running in Windows Virtual PC, can feel a little sluggish at times. This is because Windows XP Mode, by default, runs with 512MB RAM. In this guide, I’ll show you how to increase the allotted memory to Windows XP Mode using Windows Virtual PC Settings.
Note: A couple of weeks ago, we asked you if you used Windows XP Mode and many of you responded by saying you didn’t know about it so we wrote this guide: What are Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode and How Do I Use them? This is a good place to start if you’re new to Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode.
If you get to the end of this guide and still have questions about Windows Virtual PC or XP Mode, please ask them in the Windows 7 forum.
To change the amount of memory allocated to a virtual machine in Windows Virtual PC, you will first need to shut down the guest (in this case Windows XP Mode) operating system.
Shut Down Windows XP Mode
To shut down Windows XP Mode:
- Either press Ctrl+Alt+End or click the Ctrl+Alt+Del button in Windows Virtual PC.
- Click Shut down…
- Select Shut down and click OK.
Your Virtual XP is now shut down; the next step is to configure the memory allocation.
Configure Memory Allocation Windows Virtual PC
To configure memory allocation in Windows Virtual PC:
- Click the Start button, type virtual, and click Windows Virtual PC.
- Right click the Virtual PC for which you’d like to change the memory allocation and click Settings.
- In the left-hand menu, click Memory and change the Memory (RAM) amount (I recommend allocation 1024 MB but you can safely allocate up to half the amount of available memory.)
Now start Windows XP Mode again and enjoy a more responsive operating system.