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Windows not using all installed RAM

Windows not using all installed RAM

Windows not using all installed RAM

(OP)
Hi Guys,
On my PC there is installed 8 Gb RAM.
Using hardware check it is reported that just about 2Gb is installed.
Is there somewhere a setting?

This regards windows 10 but this forum stops at windows 7 as far as can seen.

TIA
-Bart

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

You want to use the forum for windows 10 search for "WINDOWS 10" in the forum list. Are you running 32 bit windows 10 or 64 bit windows 10?

The maximum memory size that can be addressed in a 32 bit version of the windows OS is 2 gig. The maximum size for the 64 bit version is 16 Terabytes

Bill
Lead Application Developer
New York State, USA

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

>The maximum memory size that can be addressed in a 32 bit version of the windows OS is 2 gig.

Actually it is 4GB for 32-bit systems.

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

Thanks, I made a typo. The bottom line is that if he wants to use all 8 gig he needs to have the 64 bit version assuming the machine would support it. As for seeing what the machine actually has I would download the free application

http://www.piriform.com/speccy

Get the free version. It will tell you absolutely everything about the hardware on your machine.

Bill
Lead Application Developer
New York State, USA

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

Can the machine address 8Gb RAM? What sort of machine is it (model number etc).

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

forum1828: Microsoft: Windows 10

>wants to use all 8 gig he needs to have the 64 bit version

Or enable PAE (if running a supported OS), although individual apps would still be limited to 2Gb unless 4GT is also enabled

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

(OP)
Thanks for your replies.
I wil check about the 32/64 bits version which probably might cause this.
@strongm: maybe stupid Q but what is meant with PAE?
-Bart

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

Physical Address Extension PAE

It is a memory paging extension for 32 bit machines to access more then 4 gig, It was a bandaid to use bigger memory sizes but is no longer used on modern 64 bit machines.

Bill
Lead Application Developer
New York State, USA

RE: Windows not using all installed RAM

(OP)
Hi Guys,
Thanks for yr feedback. Indeed the win10 is 32bit.
Going to upgrade to 64bit now.
Issue closed for now.
-Bart

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