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P5W-DH DELUXE dual boot Vista 32-bit and Windows 7 64-bit

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October 4, 2010 7:39:16 PM

I currently have Windows Vista 32-bit installed with 4 GB RAM. I'm having low memory issues since only 3 GB is utilized. So I would like to dual boot Windows 7 64-bit so I can utilize the extra 1 GB RAM. The BIOS only see 3200 MB RAM, I read I can change bios settings so it'll read all 4096 MB. Do I have to go to bios setting and change it to 4096 MB RAM before booting to Windows 7 64 bit and then change it again to 3200 MB RAM before booting into Windows Vista 32-bit? It kinna a hassle, I was hoping Windows will detect it automatically.

PS: I would like to buy a 256 GB SSD but it's $600, ouch! I current have VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS as my boot drive. Is SSD A LOT faster?
October 4, 2010 8:49:44 PM

I read SSD requires a lot of tweaks in Windows 7 because of slow writes and don't last as long as normal hd. Maybe SSD is not ready for prime time.
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October 4, 2010 9:02:56 PM

True but price is still too high. They mostly buy 80 GB SSD, too small for me.
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October 5, 2010 1:08:19 AM

I think I have found my answer from this link http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=67972
I need to enabled the "Memory Remap" feature in BIOS before installing Windows 7 64 bit. If I want to boot into Windows Vista 32-bit, I have to disabled it. I think I'll just have Windows 7 64 bit on a 80 GB SSD. I won't dual boot. I was thinking of upgrading to 8 GB but the price of DDR2 800 is equal to much faster RAM, so I'll wait until I have a new motherboard and cpu.
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