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Windows 7: Win 7 recognizes 8GBs of RAM

01 Mar 2010   #1
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 
Win 7 recognizes 8GBs of RAM

Well, my RC finally expired yesterday and I was getting the dreaded pop-up to upgrade. A friend had gotten me a copy of RTM Ultimate but I had been procrastinating the installation of it.

I was not able to upgrade from RC to RTM so I had to a clean install. Smooth install and extremely fast... I have yet to recall a fresh installation being this quick to install.

Now, my problem is that after checking the installation, I noticed that my OS is a 32 bit and not a 64 bit like I wanted or thought I had but... that's is not the strange thing of it all.

The strange thing is that Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit is recognizing the 8 GB's of RAM that I have. It was my understanding that a 32 bit OS was only capable of recognizing 2.5 to 3.6 GB's of RAM so... what's the scoop here?

Does it recognize it or is it capable of reading it but it will only use up to 3.6 max?

I need to know guys because, if it doesn't I want to see if I can get a hold of a 64 bit Ultimate version instead.


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01 Mar 2010   #2
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I believe that it can recognize the 8gb of RAM, it just can't address them all, so fails to use it to it's full potential.
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01 Mar 2010   #3
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To access and use 4GB and above, you need to be running the 64-bit version of the OS.
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01 Mar 2010   #4
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Ahhhhh, ok, it is what I thought... dang it!
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01 Mar 2010   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Win 7 Ultmate 64 bit is easily available in the UK from the likes of Amazon. Is it not so in the US?
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01 Mar 2010   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Just found this, you can buy direct from Microsoft here:
Windows 7: Get ready to buy Windows 7 for your own PC or a new one
Hope this helps
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01 Mar 2010   #7
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Just re-install with the 64bit version and activate. You do not need to buy Windows again to use 64bit.

All you need is access to a 64bit installation DVD. If you can borrow one from a friend or something would be fine.
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The Key itself is the same for 32 & 64 bit variatiions. So the Key you have will still work to activate the 64bit bit version,
as long as it is the same type of Win7 (Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate etc.) that your key is for.
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01 Mar 2010   #8
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Just re-install with the 64bit version and activate. You do not need to buy Windows again to use 64bit.

All you need is access to a 64bit installation DVD. If you can borrow one from a friend or something would be fine.
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The Key itself is the same for 32 & 64 bit variatiions. So the Key you have will still work to activate the 64bit bit version,
as long as it is the same type of Win7 (Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate etc.) that your key is for.
Unfortunately, I don't know anybody in my neighborhood with a Win 7 RTM version and I doubt that my Valid CD-Key will work with the Win 7 Retail version... I know 2 friends who got them.

Am I correct to believe this?

Is the RTM 64 bit readily available on the net for download still?
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01 Mar 2010   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Is the RTM 64 bit readily available on the net for download still?
It's available from sites like TechNet and MSDN. If you are talking about p2p or torrents, I wouldn't suggest using an OS from them as you can not be sure that they are completely spyware/malware/virus free.
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01 Mar 2010   #10
Desslok

Windows 7
 
 

You should actually see in system properties under Insttalled Memory, something like "8.00 GB (3.xx usable)" The usable may vary depending on if you are using onboard graphics that use shared memory.
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