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Windows 7: Can the RAM limit be bypassed?

24 Apr 2012   #1
Dredj

Win 7 HP
 
 
Can the RAM limit be bypassed?

Me and my mate were looking to buy some new RAM, we settled on 24Gb, way more then we need but it would do us for a life time.

But then he bought up that Windows might cap us, and sure enough 7 Home Premium has a 16Gb limit...

I read but found no confirmation that SP1 removes the RAM limit, but if it doesn't is there a registry entry or something to bypass the RAM limit?


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24 Apr 2012   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Nope. If you want to use more than 16GB, you have to upgrade to Ultimate, Enterprise, or Professional.
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24 Apr 2012   #3
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There are ways to hack it to bypass the limitations, but doing so is likely to run afoul of copyright laws in your country of residence. Following forum rules, the only advice we can really give is to use a Windows SKU that allows usage of the additional RAM (and SP1 does not remove the limitation).

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24 Apr 2012   #4
Dredj

Win 7 HP
 
 

Well that sucks :/

We have Tri Channel mobo's too so it's impossible for us to even get 16Gb in Tri, only Dual. And as far as I know 12Gb in Tri is better then 16 in Dual.

Why have Microsoft even put a RAM limit on a 64bit platform...
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24 Apr 2012   #5
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Why? To differentiate their products and make you buy a version that supports more RAM. Nothing new there - and it's not unique to companies that make operating systems.
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24 Apr 2012   #6
Dredj

Win 7 HP
 
 

Well that sucks.. we both have Tri channel supported mobo's, and 16 doesn't divide by 3, and from the little I have a look 12Gb in Tri is better then 16 in Dual.

Why is there even a limit on the RAM for a 64bit O/S..
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24 Apr 2012   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dredj View Post
Me and my mate were looking to buy some new RAM, we settled on 24Gb, way more then we need but it would do us for a life time.

Ughhh....Almost wish that RAM was still expensive and then people wouldn't be buying so much of what they don't need and saving themselves some money.
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24 Apr 2012   #8
Logical Slacker

64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP1
 
 

Agreed. I have a total of 4GB of physical RAM. My PC runs just fine. To quote the great Chris Pirillo, "Don't buy more than you need."

IMO, 8GB should be enuff for anyone running later versions of Windows.
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25 Apr 2012   #9
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

just upgrade to win 7 pro with anytime upgrade and problem solved Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Anytime Upgrade: Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional

as you can see this supports the amount you have


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25 Apr 2012   #10
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

see if you can sell or exchange your RAM. even 12GB is more than you will ever need. It's a near certainty that by the time 12GB is too little; Windows 7 will be obsolete.
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