How much RAM to allocate Windows 7 (32bit) using VirtualBox?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Chase R, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    How much RAM can Windows 7 (32bit) take in VirtualBox? I've heard that giving it too much can cause crashes and problems. I'll be installing 8GB next week, so there is plenty to go around :)
  2. kpgh554 macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2011
    iver england
    i'm running win7 on my comp with 6gb ram win7 recognizes it but says it only using 2.78gb so suppose 3gb should be ample
  3. blesio macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    3 or 4 is the max. 32bit can't allocate more than 4 anyway. Do if you have a total of 8GB on the host you should be ok with 3GB on the Windows machine.

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