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Windows 7: How much Ram?

09 Feb 2015   #11
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by michael diemer View Post
I thought if you had 64 bit windows, then you needed at least 4GB ram. Or something like that...I could be wrong.
The recommended minimum for 64bit is 2GBs - although it also runs in less, just slower. If you have more than 4GBs, then you need 64bit because 32bit can only address up too 4GBs.

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09 Feb 2015   #12

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You are wrong.

You need 64 bit Windows to utilize more than roughly 3.5, but if you don't use more than 3.5, there isn't much of a reason to upgrade to 64 bit Windows. How much RAM you "need" depends on what you do with the PC.

I have 4 GB and 64 bit Windows. I don't think I've EVER used more than 3 of the 4. I check frequently.

You can run Windows 7 with less than 1 GB. My system idles using about 1.4 GB.
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09 Feb 2015   #13
Layback Bear

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

Windows 7/64 allows you to use more that 4 gigs of ram it does not mean your have to run more that 4 gigs of ram.
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09 Feb 2015   #14
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1

Aha, so I am ok with 3GB? Cool! Otherwise I'd spend 75.00 and have 7 sticks of useless ram lying around.

I used this computer for my DAW, Sonar, but I have a new rig for that with 16GB of ram (can take 32, so I'm set there).

Now I just use the old one for the internet and everyday stuff. I think the 3GB will be fine.

Thanks for the help, all!
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09 Feb 2015   #15
Layback Bear

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

If you are happy then I'm happy for you.
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