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Question about Vista's 3GB memory limit


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RESBAK

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I have read some stuff on the web that says 32-bit vista is limited to around 3 gb-3.5 gb of ram. i recently installed a total of 4 gb ram on my 32-bit vista. windows properties can see 4 gb but systeminfo and the task manager only sees 2.8 gb. is this normal because i have a 32-bit vista?
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Yes, that is correct.
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The 32 bit or x86 version of Windows only recognizes 3 GB out of the 4... You need to be running 64 bit version of windows to recognize anything over the 3GB limit...
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you can actually add a switch into your BCedit (boot.ini) to allow the system to actually use the 4gb of ram (of course, 1gb will be used only for system stuff and not for like programs and such)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291988

it's marginally unstable in certain instances
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