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Win7 64-bit, 16Gb RAM, Half Is Hardware-Reserved

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April 5, 2014 2:35:20 PM

Running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit. Had 8Gb RAM, noticed that 4Gb were hardware reserved. Bought 16Gb of RAM and installed it (new chips, 4x4Gb). Now I see 16Gb recognized and 8Gb hardware reserved. Looked under MSConfig -> Boot -> Advanced -> Maximum memory is not checked. What is happening? Why does the system always reserve half the RAM for the hardware?
a b $ Windows 7
a b } Memory
April 5, 2014 3:27:11 PM

It depends on what hardware you have in the system.
For example if your motherboard has on board video such as an Intel based HD 4000 series. It will hardware reserve an amount of your system memory.

If the case, and you have a pci-e based graphics card installed in your system.
Then in the bios you should disable the Intel graphics on board solution.

The maximum memory tab is for how much windows can see and use.
So if you tick the box and windows should set the size it can use. It should set it auto to use the 16gb.