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Windows 7: What to do with these RAM?

10 Nov 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
You first have to find out if your motherboard can handle 64-bit programs. Since yours is kind of old, I am not sure if it can or not.
64 bit Windows and programs isn't the problem, it is as you say the "old" motherboard/chipset. Also it isn't the motherboard that determines 64 bit, but the CPU.

Even if he installs 64 bit Windows the available ram won't change. The reason being is that the Intel G31 chipset only supports up to 4 GB,

ARK | Intel® G31 Express Chipset (Intel® 82G31 Graphics and Memory Controller)

which will result in this,

The system memory that is reported in the System Information dialog box in Windows Vista is less than you expect if 4 GB of RAM is installed

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10 Nov 2012   #12

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

So basically I can't do it with my current hardware?
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10 Nov 2012   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

You can run this program from Microsoft to see if your computer is ready for Windows 7 64.
Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Official Microsoft Download Center
Your motherboard only supports 4 gigs of ram. That is why in my post #7 I mentioned to save up for a new system. I don't see any good options to upgrade your present computer.
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