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How to increase usable RAM for Windows 7 32bit RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have install windows 7 32bit on a new LT. Our applications do not run on 64bit yet, hence the downgrade. 

    The LT has 12GB of installed RAM, I know 32bit can only handle 4GB. My problem is there is the system is only using 550MB (thats what it says is usable). The LT is useless until I can somehow increase the usable protion of the RAM. How do I increase so the OS see's there is 4GB?  

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:49 PM

Answers

  • Greg

    Win 7 (&8) grabs a portion of ram to put in a fast cache which is actually a good thing.  usually it is about 1/2 of the available ram after the system loads.  Since 32 bit can only handle ~3.25Gb and the OS probably uses 1Gb I suspect 1/2 of the remaining 2.25 is being used for that and video shared memory.  Unless your system has PAE 3.25 is all you can expect.

    Where are you seeing the 550Mb usable?  Can we get a snip of task manager process with it sorted by RAM (Click the top of the column)


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:54 PM
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  • If you are being told you cant post a link, or embed a picture (or any other restriction) you just need to post to this thread saying your account has not been validated
    Look for the verify your account thread that is stuck to the top of the page.
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=reportabug

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:16 PM
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  • Or you can use ready boost option to speed up things. ReadyBoost uses USB pen drive or SD card and working in Sync with RAM thereby increasing some space.

    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:59 PM
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All replies

  • Greg

    Win 7 (&8) grabs a portion of ram to put in a fast cache which is actually a good thing.  usually it is about 1/2 of the available ram after the system loads.  Since 32 bit can only handle ~3.25Gb and the OS probably uses 1Gb I suspect 1/2 of the remaining 2.25 is being used for that and video shared memory.  Unless your system has PAE 3.25 is all you can expect.

    Where are you seeing the 550Mb usable?  Can we get a snip of task manager process with it sorted by RAM (Click the top of the column)


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:54 PM
    Moderator
  • When you right click on Computer and choose properties:

    Installed memory (RAM): 12.0GB (555 MB usable)

    I cant attach anything yet until microsoft verifies my account

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 3:06 PM
  • If you are being told you cant post a link, or embed a picture (or any other restriction) you just need to post to this thread saying your account has not been validated
    Look for the verify your account thread that is stuck to the top of the page.
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=reportabug

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Moderator
  • Or you can use ready boost option to speed up things. ReadyBoost uses USB pen drive or SD card and working in Sync with RAM thereby increasing some space.

    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:59 PM
    Moderator