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Windows 7: Memory - Set Maximum Amount Used by Windows

25 Feb 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Memory - Set Maximum Amount Used by Windows

How to Set Maximum Memory to be Used by Windows 7 and Windows 8


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05 Apr 2010   #10
billyc247

windows 7
 
 

I tried this but after the reboot it still says that I have 4gig installed but 2.00 GB is usable. I think maybe I should try to install and run 64bit?? Not sure. But thank you for your help thus far. Nice to find a place where people do give you some answers to questions...

Great post

Billy

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05 Apr 2010   #11
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billyc247 View Post
I tried this but after the reboot it still says that I have 4gig installed but 2.00 GB is usable. I think maybe I should try to install and run 64bit?? Not sure. But thank you for your help thus far. Nice to find a place where people do give you some answers to questions...

Great post

Billy
Go into Resource Monitor > Memory tab and look at the colored bar. What does it say all the way to the left (the gray portion).
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05 Apr 2010   #12
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

whs,
I like it. I'll need to remember to tell people to get the "pictorial" view. I'd always used MSINFO32 but consider your approach better for memory overview.
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05 Apr 2010   #13
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

@Karl, Yeah, with MSINFO32 (or SYSTEM) you get too much other info. May be confusing.

@Brink, thanks for the link.
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05 Apr 2010   #14
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

whs,
True
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18 Apr 2010   #15
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hey Brink. Very nice tutorial.

When I open up Ms config and select advanced boot. The default ram is 0. Is this normal or am I miss reading something?

Thanks Simon


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18 Apr 2010   #16
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
Hey Brink. Very nice tutorial.

When I open up Ms config and select advanced boot. The default ram is 0. Is this normal or am I miss reading something?

Thanks Simon
That's the way it is supposed to be.
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19 Apr 2010   #17
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
Hey Brink. Very nice tutorial.

When I open up Ms config and select advanced boot. The default ram is 0. Is this normal or am I miss reading something?

Thanks Simon
Hello Simon,

Yes, that's the default setting as WHS posted above. When the Maximum Memory "box" is unchecked, then Windows 7 will use all available installed RAM by default. It's only when you check this box and select how many GB of RAM you want Windows 7 to use instead of the default.
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14 May 2010   #18
devildog93

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hi Brink,

I noticed the warning, that you will not be able to change settings back.

This is a permanent setting, or did I misunderstand.


Experimenting is probably not advised then?
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14 May 2010   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello J.P.,

You will still be able to go back and make changes again if you like. It's a sort of misleading warning that it gives you. It would be better if it read that it saves your setting changes so that they are not temporary after a restart or log off instead.
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