Win 7 32-bit doesn't recognize all of my PC 8GB RAM memory

March 12, 2012 at 07:52:18
Specs: Windows 7, 8gb
I have 32bit Win7 and core 2 Duo ........and of 8gb ram but it shows only 3gb usable can i use 8gb or not

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#1
March 12, 2012 at 08:08:18
"can i use 8gb or not"

Not. You need the 64-bit version.


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#2
March 12, 2012 at 08:13:28
32bit
Maybe, but possibly at the price of system stability. Processes are still limited to 2GB a pop, though.

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#3
March 12, 2012 at 09:28:53
64bit version. To change it will need to be a complete clean install, not an upgrade. All programs, settings, etc. will need to be redone and files will need to be put back from back up (unless on a different partition/drive). Basically starting over. Unless you are running a program like Photoshop that really can benefit from the additional memory (most do not) or running many different things at once, it is not worth the trouble.

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#4
March 12, 2012 at 12:44:52
If your system supports it, you may be able to enable PAE.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...

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#5
March 12, 2012 at 16:09:32
Depending on your hardware PAE will likely allow access to most of 4 GB but no more. That is the maximum licensing limit for an 32 bit client version of Window. For more than 4 GB you need a 64 bit OS. Some 32 bit server systems allow access to more than 4 GB but not Windows 7.

Edit: PAE does nothing useful in Windows 7 unless you are a developer working with device drivers. The purpose of PAE is to allow access to RAM above the 4 GB mark. The Windows 7 kernel, according to licensing restrictions, will ignore all RAM above 4GB. Thus, it does nothing useful.

To access RAM above 4GB with a 32 bit OS you need the correct edition of a server OS.


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#6
March 12, 2012 at 18:17:32
Someone ought to hack that.


PAE also offers drivers to be put above the 4G so in some systems one can really use the 4G and some of the rest above. Some systems can use quite a lot but I doubt in this case the entire 8G could be used by drivers.


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#7
March 13, 2012 at 03:07:20
You have to increase your processor because it can never work in this specs....

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#8
March 13, 2012 at 05:23:05
Kathi: You are incorrect, a Core 2 Duo runs very well with Windows 7 64bit and as much memory as you need for your programs. While it would be nice to have a 2nd generation i5 or i7, for many a decent Core 2 is still viable (though not as fast). Some are just waiting for the 3rd generation, others are waiting for enough money, while others still will keep what we have until it no longer fills our needs. Maybe a little of each.

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#9
March 13, 2012 at 08:12:35
32bit operating system as stated has a 4g max...which INCLUDES the video, hence a computer with a 1g vid card would show 3gig of system ram available.

64 allows for 16exobytes of ram (but I hear they are still working on that board;).

If you have 8 gigs of ram I suggest you do as Fingers mentioned and start over......sooner or later you will be forced down the road, and now is usually a good time to start. If you didn't already have 8g of ram, I might suggest otherwise.
Unless you have some high cost software or specialized business software that only runs on 32bit....then I would stay where you are at.


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