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Windows 7: Fresh 7 Install. Recognizes 4Gb Ram, Using only 2Gb

26 Oct 2009   #1
angasreid

Windows 7
 
 
Fresh 7 Install. Recognizes 4Gb Ram, Using only 2Gb

Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and had a question. I have read a thread on this site, but that was from back in August. I just installed 32bit Win 7, but have Ram issues.

I have a Dell XPS 600, with 4Gb of ram installed. When I look into the properties of My Computer, it states: "4Gb Installed (Using 2Gb).

If I'm not mistaken, I've read the max Ram 32 bit can hold is 4Gb. If I have 4Gb, why won't it use 4Gb?

I was running Vista, and had access to all 4 Gb. But once I installed 7, it immediately gave me this issue. I've looked into my BIOS so make sure something isn't checked off incorrectly, but all looks fine.

I've noticed my machine is much slower without the extra 2Gb, and I'd like to know if there's a way that I may be able to get this working correctly.

Any help is much appreciated, thanks ahead of time!

-AR


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26 Oct 2009   #2
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

Run MSConfig and click on the boot tab. Click "advanced options" and and look to see if Windows7 is constraining any of your memory.

Good luck.
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26 Oct 2009   #3
angasreid

Windows 7
 
 

Nope tried that. It's not restricted at all. I even manually added 4Gb worth of ram, restarted and got a blue screen that said Build 7600, and it never did anything else.

BTW Subsonic, I'm also in Va, at VT. Cheers.
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26 Oct 2009   #4
Subsonic

Windows7 x64 7600 16385
 
 

OK, worth a look anyway. I'm sure some of the hardware techies will chime in with some more things for you to try. Go Hokies!
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10 Nov 2009   #5
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

There is an app that will patch win7's kernel and make it use full 4GB

Ready For 4GB !Tested &Work Perfectly(fully use 4 GB Ram) - Rapidshare, Megaupload, Hotfile, torrent
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10 Nov 2009   #6
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Ready For 4GB !Tested &Work Perfectly(fully use 4 GB Ram) - Rapidshare, Megaupload, Hotfile, torrent
That doesnt sound like malware at all.
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10 Nov 2009   #7
jcheney09

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If im not mistaken a 32 bit OS can only address up to 2.9gig of ram and that is including video ram also. If you want full use out of your ram upgrade to a 64bit version
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11 Nov 2009   #8
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

32bit OS can only address up to 3.0-3.5GB but with this patch you can fully use your 4GB
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11 Nov 2009   #9
jcheney09

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

on Windows 7 they took the limit off and you should be able to use and address 4gigs of ram, but anything over 4 is impossible you would need a 64bit OS. The only thing I can think of is Dell is notorious for locking the bios and only letting you use a certain amount of ram. See if youre bios is locked to only use a certain amount of ram.

Your 32bit OS can detect up to 8gigs of ram but only 4 will be usable, Vista was locked out at 3.2gigs or something.
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12 Nov 2009   #10
pallesenw

Windows
 
 

They have not removed the total 4GB physical address space limitation in 32bit Windows 7.
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