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If I upgrade to Windows 7 64bit, can I then upgrade from 4 to 8GB memory?

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August 29, 2013 5:38:01 AM

I have a Packard Bell IMEDIA X2424 AIO desktop PC (bought about 4 years ago) with 2x2GB RAM which i want to upgrade to 2x4GB. It has...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
PB mcp73vt-pm motherboard
Windows 7 32bit (upgraded from Vista 32bit)

The computer is sold with a 32bit os so all I can find online is people saying not to go over the 4gb limit. But if I upgrade to 64bit, will the motherboard take the extra ram? I need to edit some HD video and I reckon the processor will just about hold up - it's just shame about the lack of ram.

Thanks in advance for any info, this is pretty new to me.

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August 29, 2013 5:45:36 AM

Unfortunately, no. Your motherboard does not support more than 4gb.
http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/mainboard-packard-bell-...

However, the upgrade to 64 bit windows is still worthwhile, as the 4gb limit in a 32 bit OS includes both system and video memory. If you have or plan on adding a discrete card for video editing, you need a 64 bit OS to address all the memory you have available.
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August 29, 2013 5:46:21 AM

There are two ways to handle this... first you can't upgrade to a 64-bit operating system it would have to be a clean install. However you could use Physical Address Extension to extend the amount of ram a 32-bit operating system can see and use. The better idea would be to just install a 64-bit OS to be future proof.
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August 29, 2013 6:24:29 AM

quilciri said:
Unfortunately, no. Your motherboard does not support more than 4gb.
http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/mainboard-packard-bell-...

However, the upgrade to 64 bit windows is still worthwhile, as the 4gb limit in a 32 bit OS includes both system and video memory. If you have or plan on adding a discrete card for video editing, you need a 64 bit OS to address all the memory you have available.


Thanks for your response, that makes thing much clearer! That's annoying about the ram but I'll go ahead and do a clean install of the 64bit version.
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December 30, 2013 8:37:08 PM

If you are simply looking for performance improvement for a laptop, try SSD drives. I have about 3-4 laboratories with about 12 computers in them, some getting a bit old. I was thinking of upgrading them somehow, tried to put in a better processor (at the limit of the inherent motherboard), but performance increase was not noticeable. Then I started toying with SSD's, and have now clone the contents of the hard drive onto SSD's, and replaced the standard 7,200/5,400 RPM HD with SSDs, and the performance boost is amazing. Then I bought a new laptop, and noticed the price difference between a laptop with a standard hard drive vs. with an SSD was >2x the cost of an SSD itself, so I bought an laptop with a standard disc hard drive, used if for about 2 weeks, then bought an SSD and did the cloning and switch out, and it's so much better/faster/battery lasts longer/doesn't get hot on the bottom....multiple benefits from that 1 change.
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