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Increasing usable RAM >2G, 8G installed

I am trying to increase the number of useable gigs of RAM. I have 8G installed, BIOS recognizes it, and I have changed the size of the paging file from 2048MB to 4096MB. Rebooted and under basic information of my computer it still says "Installed memory (RAM): 8.00 GB (2.00 GB useable). I am running the 32-bit Windows 7 OS, i've seen some people say that installing 64-bit could solve this but other say it shouldn't matter. Lastly, I checked the box next to maximum memory under BOOT options but still no change. All i am trying to to is increase it to have 4 GB useable. Suggestions?
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    I am running the 32-bit Windows 7 OS, i've seen some people say that installing 64-bit could solve this but other say it shouldn't matter.


    Yes, that is the only thing that matters. Reinstall to 64bit OS, and you will cease to have this issue.

    Anyone saying it doesn't matter is sadly mistaken.
  2. What version of Windows are you running? Starter Edition recognizes a max of 2GB. 32-bit recognizes a max of roughly 4GB. Only a 64-bit version will recognize your full 8GB.
  3. 32 bit is limited to 4GB including your VRAM, but...

    You could use a RAM Disk to bypass that. Create a 4GB RAM Disk labled X or whatever. When the drive appears, desgnate the whole thing to ready boost. Win.

    This program is freeware up to 4GB.

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk
  4. damric said:
    32 bit is limited to 4GB including your VRAM, but...

    You could use a RAM Disk to bypass that. Create a 4GB RAM Disk labled X or whatever. When the drive appears, desgnate the whole thing to ready boost. Win.

    This program is freeware up to 4GB.

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk


    No, no, no...don't do that.
    64bit OS to start with. ReadyBoost RAMDisk in a 32bit OS is a kluge. Start with a proper OS.
  5. USAFRet said:
    damric said:
    32 bit is limited to 4GB including your VRAM, but...

    You could use a RAM Disk to bypass that. Create a 4GB RAM Disk labled X or whatever. When the drive appears, desgnate the whole thing to ready boost. Win.

    This program is freeware up to 4GB.

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk


    No, no, no...don't do that.
    64bit OS to start with. ReadyBoost RAMDisk in a 32bit OS is a kluge. Start with a proper OS.


    You never tried it? It works like a charm.
  6. damric said:
    USAFRet said:
    damric said:
    32 bit is limited to 4GB including your VRAM, but...

    You could use a RAM Disk to bypass that. Create a 4GB RAM Disk labled X or whatever. When the drive appears, desgnate the whole thing to ready boost. Win.

    This program is freeware up to 4GB.

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk


    No, no, no...don't do that.
    64bit OS to start with. ReadyBoost RAMDisk in a 32bit OS is a kluge. Start with a proper OS.


    You never tried it? It works like a charm.



    I have a 4GB RAMDisk for other purposes. Scratch space for Lightroom.
    But why start with that much RAM and a crippled OS? Go to 64bit.
  7. USAFRet said:
    damric said:
    USAFRet said:
    damric said:
    32 bit is limited to 4GB including your VRAM, but...

    You could use a RAM Disk to bypass that. Create a 4GB RAM Disk labled X or whatever. When the drive appears, desgnate the whole thing to ready boost. Win.

    This program is freeware up to 4GB.

    http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/software/ramdisk


    No, no, no...don't do that.
    64bit OS to start with. ReadyBoost RAMDisk in a 32bit OS is a kluge. Start with a proper OS.


    You never tried it? It works like a charm.



    I have a 4GB RAMDisk for other purposes. Scratch space for Lightroom.
    But why start with that much RAM and a crippled OS? Go to 64bit.


    It works mate. It just works :D
  8. damric said:


    It works mate. It just works :D



    Yes, it probably does. So does starting with a proper 64bit OS. And then do the ReadyBoost RAMDisk thing if wanted.
  9. USAFRet said:
    damric said:


    It works mate. It just works :D



    Yes, it probably does. So does starting with a proper 64bit OS. And then do the ReadyBoost RAMDisk thing if wanted.


    I agree a 64 bit OS would be better in every way imaginable. But maybe he doesn't have $100 for a new OEM OS?
  10. damric said:

    I agree a 64 bit OS would be better in every way imaginable. But maybe he doesn't have $100 for a new OEM OS?



    The same license key will generally activate either. No additional purchase necessary.
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