4 GB on Windows 7 32-bit?

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  1. wiggy1

    wiggy1 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Is anybody using Windows 7 32-bit and running 4GB in their machine? I just read on the MSDN website that the 32-bit version of Windows 7 will support up to 4 GB RAM, but I am concerned that it will suffer from the same issues where the only ammount of memory available is about 3.1GB due to addressing limitations.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
     
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    leaftye Old timer Super Moderator

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    I believe Windows 7 just lies to you now to make you happy.
     
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    aretzios Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Windows will use 3.5 GB of memory with the rest devote to the system resources. In any case, there is really not much of an advantage to move to a 64-bit version if all you have is 4 GB. The pain is not worth the gain.
     
  4. Kyle Porter

    Kyle Porter Veteran Moderator Senior Member

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    You CAN access up to 4gb. Just enable PAE (Physical address extension).
     
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