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How much ram xp supports

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June 29, 2012 12:04:54 PM

is it possible to run xp 32bit on modern system (let's say core i5 with 12 GB DDR3) so that 4 GB of ram is used as system memory AND remaining 8 GB of ram is used as superfast virtual hard drive. Thanx.

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June 29, 2012 12:47:43 PM

as long as your core/main is 64 bit O/S... or your running a multiple or dual boot then sure... just remember 32bit will only support up to 4GB of RAM... 64Bit Windowds 7 or XP will hold up to 8GB unless your running server (2008 for example) which will let you crank it up. hope this helps.
June 29, 2012 4:08:48 PM

If the XP 32bit will use up to 4 GB of the installed 12 GB of ram - what will happen to remaining 8 GB of ram? Will it be possible to access them when xp 32bit is loaded?
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June 29, 2012 4:14:40 PM

no it will not see it... you will need a 64bit OS in order to see at least 8 of the 12... if you install server 2008 for example you can use all 12... then run a virtual of windows xp 32 bit and alocate 4GB of RAM leaving the server to use 8
June 29, 2012 4:47:49 PM

I want xp 32bit, no matter why - that's another topic.
one more question - is there some pre-boot driver that would assign 4 GB of ram for xp 32bit and the remaining 8 GB to use as virtual hard drive?
June 29, 2012 4:55:44 PM

No ram can notbe used as stoage it is looses/clears info once the power is stopped (reboot). depnding on yoru harddrive space you can allocate half to the OS then use the remainder to make a second HD:

for exmple: you have 250GB HD
when you install XP make your C:\ partition 125GB
then after your install, ight click on My Computer, Manage, Disk & Drives, you will see the remaining space as unallocated, right click on it then initialize... this will ive your a second drive (d:\) that you can use for storge