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Windows 7: Any way to hide memory in Win7?

21 Mar 2010   #1
brocks

Win7-64
 
 
Any way to hide memory in Win7?

I have an old 32-bit app that checks to make sure the PC has enough memory before it runs. Evidently it was programmed to expect the maximum possible would be 2GB or something, because on my new 8GB, 64-bit PC, it won't run. It reports -128MB of memory and shuts down.

Is there any way to limit the amount of memory Win7 sees, so that when this app checks for memory, it reports 2GB instead of 8GB? I only run this app occasionally, and I don't mind rebooting to run it, but I don't want to have to actually remove the memory sticks.

Thanks for any help.


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21 Mar 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brocks View Post
I have an old 32-bit app that checks to make sure the PC has enough memory before it runs. Evidently it was programmed to expect the maximum possible would be 2GB or something, because on my new 8GB, 64-bit PC, it won't run. It reports -128MB of memory and shuts down.

Is there any way to limit the amount of memory Win7 sees, so that when this app checks for memory, it reports 2GB instead of 8GB? I only run this app occasionally, and I don't mind rebooting to run it, but I don't want to have to actually remove the memory sticks.

Thanks for any help.
There actually is but I dont think that is the problem

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Go into msconfig (type msconfig in search) go to boot>advanced and set max memory to 2048. make sure you unchcek it after. See picture



Ken
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21 Mar 2010   #3
JamesR404

Windows 7
 
 

Alternatively you might get lucky if you start the app in Windows XP compatibility mode. Or heck, I think you can even make a shortcut to the app and in the properties of the shortcut define max memory (or was that Windows 95? ;P )
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21 Mar 2010   #4
brocks

Win7-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post

There actually is but I dont think that is the problem

Ken
Well, that shows how much you know, because it WAS the problem, and your suggestion worked perfectly! Thanks very much!
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21 Mar 2010   #5
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Does that reduce the memory to 2Gb for everything? If so, that doesn't seem like a good thing to do. What happens to the other 6GB?
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22 Mar 2010   #6
JamesR404

Windows 7
 
 

The other 6GB memory is just there for decoration and can't be used.

The original poster intended to use this only as a workaround though, he won't keep his machine like that - it's just to set every now and then when he wants to run that particular 32 bit application.
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22 Mar 2010   #7
brocks

Win7-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JamesR404 View Post
The other 6GB memory is just there for decoration and can't be used.

The original poster intended to use this only as a workaround though, he won't keep his machine like that - it's just to set every now and then when he wants to run that particular 32 bit application.
Correct. But I misunderstood your first reply, when you suggested XP compatibility mode. I thought you meant the VM thing in Win7, but googling around I saw that you can set an app to run in several different modes by right clicking on the exe file, and selecting Properties/Compatibility. Setting it to XPSP2 made it work, even with 8GB memory. Thanks to both of you.
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23 Mar 2010   #8
JamesR404

Windows 7
 
 

Glad you re-read my post then =] And more so that it worked!

I love it when another puzzle's solved!
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