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Windows 7: How much RAM Win7 32bit can support?


04 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
How much RAM Win7 32bit can support?

Hi everyone. First i would like to thanks people on SevenForums they are very helpful and i found this forum very nice and i think this is the best place to get help for Windows 7. I want to know how much RAM Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit can support? Right now i have 2GB but i am planning to get another 2GB later to make 4GB in total

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Bilal


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04 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

4GB is the maximum amount of address space that can be accessed by a 32-bit system. The actual amount of memory available for use will depend on the hardware in your system, as this also needs to be mapped in to that 4GB address space. This typically leaves between 3.25 and 3.75 GB of available (useable) memory.
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04 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello Boogieboy, Welcome to seven forums! glad you have stuck around.

While your question has a few factors as the bios of your system can depend on how much ram you can have.

However its always been said that beyond 4gb of Ram your doing no good. Your board may hold 16gb but unless your running a x64 OS your only going to see 4gb. And i believe windows only actually uses 3.3gb. Someone Correct me if Im Wrong.

So the answer im going to give you is Max 4GB while your board may support more x32 will only show 4gb.

Hope i was able to assist you this morning

-Tony
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04 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Im very suprised and happy for a very quick response I have only 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard. So i was wondering to install another module. It means i can run 4GB max as u said thank you very much for the help Dwarf and TonyTiger2004 much appreciated.

and Happy New Year.
Bilal
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04 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Im very suprised and happy for a very quick response I have only 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard. So i was wondering to install another module. It means i can run 4GB max as u said thank you very much for the help Dwarf and TonyTiger2004 much appreciated.
Hey! Anytime, That's why we are here. Lots of people on these forums with the economy the way they are can't afford to go pay a technician to help them out. If only more people knew about us we would be extremely more busy then we are now.

Good luck! and Enjoy upgrading your system to 4gb.

Come give us a shout if you have anything else you need help with.

-Tony
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04 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TonyTiger2004 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Im very suprised and happy for a very quick response I have only 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard. So i was wondering to install another module. It means i can run 4GB max as u said thank you very much for the help Dwarf and TonyTiger2004 much appreciated.
Hey! Anytime, That's why we are here. Lots of people on these forums with the economy the way they are can't afford to go pay a technician to help them out. If only more people knew about us we would be extremely more busy then we are now.

Good luck! and Enjoy upgrading your system to 4gb.

Come give us a shout if you have anything else you need help with.

-Tony
I will recommend this forum to all my friends for sure thanks once again.
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04 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Im very suprised and happy for a very quick response I have only 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard. So i was wondering to install another module. It means i can run 4GB max as u said thank you very much for the help Dwarf and TonyTiger2004 much appreciated.

and Happy New Year.
Bilal
When you buy the other two GB, be sure that it is a match to your motherboard and better yet, get the same kind that is in there already. Mismatched RAM can cause problems.
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04 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could also look into switching to Windows 7 x64. You already have a license for it.
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04 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TonyTiger2004 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boogieboy View Post
Im very suprised and happy for a very quick response I have only 2 slots for RAM in my motherboard. So i was wondering to install another module. It means i can run 4GB max as u said thank you very much for the help Dwarf and TonyTiger2004 much appreciated.
Hey! Anytime, That's why we are here. Lots of people on these forums with the economy the way they are can't afford to go pay a technician to help them out. If only more people knew about us we would be extremely more busy then we are now.

Good luck! and Enjoy upgrading your system to 4gb.

Come give us a shout if you have anything else you need help with.

-Tony
I will recommend this forum to all my friends for sure thanks once again.
No problem and as suggested due to try make sure that the ram you get is compatible and the same type is pretty important as well. Different types of ram have different latency and different memory timings. SO i would recommend the exact same ram installed or get 4gb of all new ram (not very expensive) anymore.

And it would be a decent idea to upgrade your OS since indeed you do have a license already.

Have a great day!!

- Tony
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04 Jan 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

I agree : you should try x64 over x86. I don't think you will be dissapointed.
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