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Windows 7: How much physical RAM reqd for Win'7 HP (64-bit) to run smoothly ?

12 Jan 2012   #11
Big Tom

Windows 7 Professional x64

^^^ i was going to say the quickest way is to open the task manager and look for 4 different usage graphs. souns like you're good in that department.

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12 Jan 2012   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

I suggest you to upgrade with 2x4GB DDR3 class rams for your laptop having a total of 8GB. Too much RAM will slow down the system uncessarisy by taking up more refresh cycles for refreshing the the huge memory.
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13 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64-bit

@Big Tom yes, I managed to figure that out, though I am not an IT Pro. Noticed that with Chrome alone taking over 1Gb of memory, I would be better off upgrading to 2x4Gb like most people have suggested.

@rraod - Yes, I am going to upgrade to 8Gb which shd help me get over the sluggishness of my sys. Thanx.
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13 Jan 2012   #14

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
These days memory is cheap enough --especially now with 4GB modules appearing.
I've even got 4GB in my small aspire one Netbook.

However the OP asked how much is necessary -- well assuming your not running a load of applications at the same time or doing any type of intensive gaming the machine WILL run fine with 2GB.

Personally if you have an I5 processor in your computer with 2 memory slots I'd stick 8GB in it. With 4 slots I'd go the whole hog so get 16 GB. Most modern laptops (not netbooks) have 2 slots for memory modules.

(Note 8GB modules are just starting to appear too -- I'll upgrade when these are cheap enough).

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13 Jan 2012   #15

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64-bit

Hi Jimbo,

Sure thanks. I have decided to upgrade to 8Gb (2x4Gb) as my notebook has only two memory slots. Though Microsoft recommends 3Gb for Win'7, I can safely assume twice as much would be really necessary, to avoid sluggish performance.
Also, though my notebook can take upto 16Gb, I feel 8Gb would suffice for my needs. I use my sys for routine home-use, such as email, Skype / Google chat (sometimes), casual surfing & playing music. Since I often have all three web browsers (IE9, FF9, Chrome16) open, that too with multiple tabs in each, they seem to hog memory more than other MS-Office apps running simultaneously.
Guess 8Gb should be fine for my needs.


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18 Jan 2012   #16

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

How much RAM to have depends on how many programs you are running simultaneously. If you are running only one or two programs simultaneously then having 2 gigs or 8 gigs of RAM will not make much of a difference.

On the other hand if you run eight or ten programs together, a computer with 2 gigs of RAM might start crawling and one with 8 gigs shall come to its own.

That said, for an average user around 4 gigs of RAM should be adequate to serve all his/her needs.
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18 Jan 2012   #17
Big Tom

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crackedhead123 View Post
Win7 L U V S RAM, and 8 wont be any different. 4GB chips are cheap right now, 8GB are not.......get the 2x 4GB's asap, before the prices go back up.... as in N O W
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18 Jan 2012   #18
Layback Bear

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

I run one Windows 7/64 on 4 qigs and it runs well. It all depends what you are doing. The price is right now. I have never heard of to much ram slowing down a computer.
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19 Jan 2012   #19
Big Tom

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have never heard of to much ram slowing down a computer.
me either
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03 Feb 2012   #20

Windows 7

I would definitely go with 2x4 GB especially since your 64-bit will handle it and from Acer they told you that is the maximum. Given the situation, a performance boost is guaranteed.
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 How much physical RAM reqd for Win'7 HP (64-bit) to run smoothly ?

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