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How much memory should I allocate to the host OS (in my case, Ubuntu 12.04) if I run Windows 7 Ultimate on a virtual machine (I want it for some gaming)?

I have 4 GB of RAM. If I allocate 3512 MB RAM for Windows 7, or if I allocate even more for it, will everything still be ok?

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Well that depends on like a million things, what will you be using Ubuntu for? Video editing? Gaming? coding? just testing desktop environments? – Alvar Mar 8 '14 at 13:27
@olli do not edit questions in the close queue! – Braiam Mar 9 '14 at 19:19
@Braiam okay, if I understand correctly, editing questions in the close queue (even if I think it shouldn't be closed) is not ok, but editing closed questions for sake of making those better (and not because after editing it should be opened) is ok? – Olli Mar 9 '14 at 19:21
@Olli – Braiam Mar 9 '14 at 19:30
@Braiam did you actually read my reply? I edited it because I think it shouldn't be closed. If I didn't edit it, I would have clicked "Keep Open". As far as I know, editing is same as clicking "Keep Open" & opening question in new tab and editing it there. – Olli Mar 9 '14 at 19:36
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Ubuntu 12.04 minimum memory requirements suggest at least 512 megabytes for a desktop install.

Visit, they give similar recommendations.

So I would not go below 512MB for sure. But prefer keeping 1024MB if you see your host swap being actively used though.

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Thank you,that's what I wanted. – VIPaul Mar 8 '14 at 15:11

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