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I have 8GB of RAM, only 4GB is usable? Help please.

Hello,

I've recently upgraded my computer and one of the new components I bought was memory.
I have two 4GB sticks making a total of 8GB.

However, my computer can only use 4GB even though Windows recognizes there is 8GB, I'll attach a screen shot of what I mean.
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I have to note I have 64bit Windows 8 as well.

If you could help, I would very much appreciate it!

Thanks.
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  1. Does your BIOS recognize the full 8GB?
  2. Your screen shot shows that 4.1GB is reserved for hardware. That seems like far too much.
    Do you create a RAM Drive?
  3. Nada190 said:
    Does your BIOS recognize the full 8GB?

    Not to familiar with BIOS but this is my motherboard herehttp://
  4. 2x4b said:
    Your screen shot shows that 4.1GB is reserved for hardware. That seems like far too much.
    Do you create a RAM Drive?


    I don't even know what a RAM drive is, so I guess it's safe to assume I didn't.
  5. why does your os still have that watermark?????
  6. siddharthmukul007 said:
    why does your os still have that watermark?????


    I have no idea, it's been there ever since I installed the new MOBO and de-registered my copy of Windows, could that be the issue?
  7. did you clean install after you changed your mobo????
  8. siddharthmukul007 said:
    did you clean install after you changed your mobo????


    No, it just booted up from my old hard drive that already had Windows installed on it.
  9. ok...that might be it.

    do 1 thing...bios update you mobo and do a clean install
  10. siddharthmukul007 said:
    ok...that might be it.

    do 1 thing...bios update you mobo and do a clean install


    Ok, I'm going to activate it and see where I stand after...
  11. in case you face problems activating....contact microsoft customer care

    although i would highly recommend a clean install
  12. siddharthmukul007 said:
    in case you face problems activating....contact microsoft customer care

    although i would highly recommend a clean install


    I activated it, and I'll restart to see if it recognizes it, and if doesn't, what do you mean by clean install? Install of OS?
  13. Best answer
    yes....you format your system drive and install the os anew.

    do not forget to backup all important data and download all the latest drivers (full installer files) before doing so
  14. Thanks again friend!
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