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Windows 7: Excess RAM

29 Jul 2011   #1
Jimfof1913

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Excess RAM

I have a Win7 32-bit system with 6GB of memory. The systems says 3.37GB is usable. Can I get Windows to use the whole 6GB of memory or if not can the excess memory be used for something?


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29 Jul 2011   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

If you switch to Windows 7 64 bit and you should be able to use all your RAM. 32 bit versions of windows are limited to a 4 gig address space for RAM.
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29 Jul 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
If you switch to Windows 7 64 bit and you should be able to use all your RAM. 32 bit versions of windows are limited to a 4 gig address space for RAM.
Exactly what I was going to say.
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29 Jul 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Also, it's not a Windows issue, all 32 bit OS's can address only about 3.5GB of RAM.
A 64 bit OS is technically able to address way more RAM than any board can handle currently. Up the the Petabyte range, I think.
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29 Jul 2011   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Also, it's not a Windows issue, all 32 bit OS's can address only about 3.5GB of RAM.
A 64 bit OS is technically able to address way more RAM than any board can handle currently. Up the the Petabyte range, I think.
Windows memory limits:

Memory Limits for Windows Releases (Windows)

Win7 Ultimate X64 is limited to 192GB. I suppose that's an artificial limitation; the 64 bit address space could cover 1.8E19 bytes.

There are 32 bit server versions of Windows that can utilize 64GB of physical RAM if PAE is available (Physical Address Extension (Windows)). The memory limits on 32 bit applications would hold; you'd be able to have many 32 bit applications open simultaneously. There are hacks to enable PAE on the desktop operating systems, but I've never tried them.

Given the ready availability of drivers for Win7 X64, it wouldn't be sensible to mess with PAE (IMHO).
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30 Jul 2011   #6
Jimfof1913

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks to all that replied.
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30 Jul 2011   #7
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Jimfof1913, you are very welcome and I'm sorry that we could not give you the answer you were hoping for. That is just how the hardware and software works. We all have to consider those limitations in making our choices. I do hope you will stick around. There is a lot to learn on these forums and a lot of people you can help with the areas you are good at.
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