Windows 8.1 should be configured with at least the minimum amount of memory

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

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Property Details
Operating System Windows Server 2016
Product/Feature Hyper-V
Severity Error
Category Configuration

In the following sections, italics indicates UI text that appears in the Best Practices Analyzer tool for this issue.


A virtual machine running Windows 8.1 is configured with less than the minimum amount of RAM, which is 512 MB.


The guest operating system on the following virtual machines might not run or might run unreliably:

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Use Hyper-V Manager to increase the memory allocated to this virtual machine to at least 512 MB.

Increase the memory using Hyper-V Manager

  1. Open Hyper-V Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.

  2. In the results pane, under Virtual Machines, select the virtual machine that you want to configure. The state of the virtual machine should be listed as Off. If it is not, right-click the virtual machine and then click Shut Down.

  3. In the Action pane, under the virtual machine name, click Settings.

  4. In the navigation pane, click Memory.

  5. On the Memory page, set the Startup RAM to at least 512 MB and then click OK.

Increase the memory using Windows PowerShell

  1. Open Windows PowerShell. (From the desktop, click Start and start typing Windows PowerShell.)

  2. Right-click Windows PowerShell and click Run as administrator.

  3. Run this command after replacing <MyVM> with the name of your virtual machine:

Set-VMMemory <MyVM> -StartupBytes 512MB

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