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Windows 7: 8 GB memory installed, 4 GB available

01 Nov 2011   #1
win7good

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
8 GB memory installed, 4 GB available

I have two different brands of RAM memory installed - 4 GB of each different kind. System reports that 8 GB are installed but only 4 GB available. I tried installing like memory in same color coded slots on main board but didn't make any difference where it's installed on the MB. How can I access the full 8 GB of RAM?


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01 Nov 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7good View Post
I have two different brands of RAM memory installed - 4 GB of each different kind. System reports that 8 GB are installed but only 4 GB available. I tried installing like memory in same color coded slots on main board but didn't make any difference where it's installed on the MB. How can I access the full 8 GB of RAM?
32 bit can only see 4 gigs. To use all of yours you are going to need 64 bit win7.
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01 Nov 2011   #3
win7good

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Thanks, zigzag - found that in another post shortly after posting. Amazing how much I can learn without ever posting - if I have the patience to read them all!
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01 Nov 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You might even want to remove 4GB and keep it as spare RAM in case any modules fail.

If you do so, make sure your remove a matching pair and keep them in an anti-static bag of some sort.
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01 Nov 2011   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7good View Post
Thanks, zigzag - found that in another post shortly after posting. Amazing how much I can learn without ever posting - if I have the patience to read them all!
Welcome to SF.

Glad you found it quickly
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