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8GB RAM installed, only 3.25GB usable?

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June 2, 2013 11:31:43 AM

Today I went to check my PC properties for some reason and saw that ony 3.25gb of my 8gb installed ram was usable.

My system specs are:
amd phenom iix4 965 BE
amd radeon 7850(MSI)
Asus m5a78l-m/usb3
2x 4GB sticks of Kingston RAM

How can I make the whole 8GB (or close to 8gb) usable.

Thanks in advance.
June 2, 2013 11:35:46 AM

Are you running 32 bit windows. You will need 64 bit to take advantage of your ram.
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June 2, 2013 11:36:56 AM

Time to switch to 64bit ver. of windows :) 
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June 2, 2013 11:38:11 AM

christop said:
Are you running 32 bit windows. You will need 64 bit to take advantage of your ram.


Yes, I am using 32 bit. Do I need to upgrade so it can use 7GB or so?

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June 2, 2013 11:39:30 AM

SkyWalker1726 said:
Time to switch to 64bit ver. of windows :) 


whats the max amount of ram 32 bit can use?

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June 2, 2013 11:39:52 AM

Yes you need 64bit windows to use more ram.
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June 2, 2013 11:41:58 AM

cyberman1 said:
SkyWalker1726 said:
Time to switch to 64bit ver. of windows :) 


whats the max amount of ram 32 bit can use?



32 bit can use a theoretical max of 4 GB but u actually get about 3.2-3.5
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June 2, 2013 11:44:56 AM

cyberman1 said:
christop said:
Are you running 32 bit windows. You will need 64 bit to take advantage of your ram.


Yes, I am using 32 bit. Do I need to upgrade so it can use 7GB or so?



Just be mindful...32bit to 64bit is a full reinstall, not an upgrade.
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June 2, 2013 11:51:11 AM

USAFRet said:
cyberman1 said:
christop said:
Are you running 32 bit windows. You will need 64 bit to take advantage of your ram.


Yes, I am using 32 bit. Do I need to upgrade so it can use 7GB or so?



Just be mindful...32bit to 64bit is a full reinstall, not an upgrade.


would creating a partition then installing it onto that work, i guess it would/

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June 2, 2013 12:09:20 PM

cyberman1 said:
USAFRet said:
cyberman1 said:
christop said:
Are you running 32 bit windows. You will need 64 bit to take advantage of your ram.


Yes, I am using 32 bit. Do I need to upgrade so it can use 7GB or so?



Just be mindful...32bit to 64bit is a full reinstall, not an upgrade.


would creating a partition then installing it onto that work, i guess it would/



As a clean, new install, yes.
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