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The /burnmemory parameter reduces the amount of memory available to Windows by the specified amount.





Specifies an amount of memory (in megabytes). Enter a decimal integer. This value is subtracted from the amount of memory otherwise allocated to the system.


The /burnmemory parameter is supported only on Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. On Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, use the removememory option with BCDEdit.

This parameter is similar to the /maxmem parameter, which specifies the amount of memory available to Windows. However, because /maxmem actually sets an upper bound for memory addresses available to Windows, and because there might be gaps in the allocation of system memory, the /burnmemory parameter is more precise than the /maxmem parameter.


multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /burnmemory=256

Bootcfg Command

bootcfg /raw "/burnmemory=256" /A /ID 1



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