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I installed VMWare workstation on my laptop, which has Windows 8 running on it. I got VMWare installed, after which I tried to install Red hat Linux as a guest OS.

But I get an error stating "not enough physical memory available to start this VM."

I tried allocating all more resources to get Linux installed and overcome the above error:


but still get the same error.

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How much memory does your laptop have? Do you have other processes running on the host (Windows 8) that are taking up a lot of memory? Remember that Windows requires memory too, so even if your laptop has 2 GB of RAM, you won't be able to allocate all of that (maybe not even most of it) to a guest OS. –  John Bensin Sep 20 '13 at 18:44
2gig ram it seems. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 20 '13 at 18:46
My laptop has 4GB RAM out of which i alloted 2GB to VMware –  user256091 Sep 20 '13 at 18:58
You need to try to allocate less RAM to the VM, not more. Trying to allocate more RAM makes it more likely that the allocation will fail. –  David Schwartz Sep 20 '13 at 19:10
@user256091 What other processes do you have running? Can you open the Task Manager (press Ctrl+Shift+Esc), and in the performance tab, look at the graph of memory and tell us how much memory your system is currently using? –  John Bensin Sep 20 '13 at 19:20

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