Type msconfig in the start search and hit enter. Once you're there, go to the advanced options menu in the boot tab. Make sure the "Maximum Memory" box is unchecked.
HOLY ***. solved!
it actually worked!!
why the hell would bill gates put something like that there??
and why was this on in the first place?
anyways, lets meet up some time good man. i wanna give you a foot massage.
also, 10 internets for everyone else who helped me out here