What OS?

  [email protected]© 19:33 17 Mar 2011

I currently have 3Gb Ram running Windows 7 32-bit. I am upgrading to 6-8GB of ram, so do I need to get a 64-bit windows 7 to get the most out of the memory?

  ICF 19:35 17 Mar 2011

Yes 64 bit windows 7 is the way to go.

  [email protected]© 19:37 17 Mar 2011

So when x86 is advertised that is a 32-bit one, and x64 is the 64-bit?

  ACOLYTE 19:40 17 Mar 2011

I think it would show 8Gb in system properties,with 32 bit,but it will only use around 3.8Gb,if you go into task manager it will show the true ammount,so to be able to use the full8Gb you willneed 64 bit version.And yes to yuor other question,x64 is the 64 bit version.

  [email protected]© 19:42 17 Mar 2011

So just to recap, if I don't change to 64-bit there is no point in upgrading the memory as it won't use it?

  ACOLYTE 19:48 17 Mar 2011

As far as i know win7 32 bit has the same limitations as Vista/Xp with memory,anything over 4Gb needs 64 bit to be able to use.Although it would show up as bieng installed.

  iscanut 19:49 17 Mar 2011

32bit will only recognize about 3.5Gb memory so anything after that is wasted and not used.

  Woolwell 19:49 17 Mar 2011

Acolyte is correct.

  [email protected]© 19:50 17 Mar 2011


  [email protected]© 20:29 17 Mar 2011

if I put on a 64-bit OS im preperation for my memory upgrade it will work ok with only 3GB of ram?

  Zeppelyn 20:40 17 Mar 2011

Yes it will.

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