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20 Jan 2013  

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bob363 View Post
I have a laptop running Windows 7 64bit with an Intel Core i7 CPU Q740 @ 1.73Ghz processor, I have recently created several virtual machines and created a Windows Server network for a college class. I have two servers and one client running Windows 7 in the virtual environment running simultaneously. When all 3 VMs are running they along with my host machine run extremely slow. I was thinking about adding a 4GB ram chip to boost the total memory on the host machine to 6GB. However I have read many times that most machines can only use 4GB of memory and that there is no point in adding more. Do you think it would help the performance if I added the extra memory or would it be a waste of time. Thanks.

I have some experiance with Virtual Machines.

Upgrading your laptop will be fine, you have windows 7 64BIt, so windows can use more then 3gb RAM.

Remember to alter the settings in the Virtual Machine to specify how much RAM it can use

If you go ahead, Make sure your laptop has enough DIM slots, Check if your current 2gb RAM is 2 x1 GB sticks or 1 x 2 gb stick
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