upgrading to 8gigs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by aryno86, Oct 12, 2009.

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    aryno86 Guest

    Hello, i have a quick question just to clarify something

    I apologize in advance for any confusion over terms

    When i bought my system it came with 4 gigs and Vista Home Premium x64
    I had many compatibility issues with games and programs so i then pu
    Ultimate 32bit on it. Now i would like to put another 4gigs of ram on m
    system and just wanted to make sure that it would accept more. I plan o
    putting windows 7 x64 on it shortly. It has enough slots for 8gigs o
    ram and was originally a 64bit system. It appears okay to me but i woul
    like some assurance :)

    Thanks, Andre
    aryno86, Oct 12, 2009
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    amlandreau Guest

    Hi Andrew,

    The maximum "address space" for Vista is 4 giga that includes all memory
    physically installed (drivers, graphic card, etc..) .
    Going to 8 giga will not help.

    amlandreau, Oct 12, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Incorrect. That's for 32 bit versions. The OP stated that he had 6 bit. 64
    bit will use much more than 4GB RAM...
    Gordon, Oct 12, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    What is the manufacturer/make of the motherboard? Capacity is dictated by
    the manufacturer, and can vary widely.

    You can check for yourself at the maker's web site or by entering your model
    into crucial.com's memory tool.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    Rick Rogers, Oct 12, 2009
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    He is going to install the x64 version of Win7 which will easily accomodate
    8GB of ram. The limitation is in the 32-bit (x86) version.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    Rick Rogers, Oct 12, 2009

  6. That is not correct. The 4GB limitation (and you can't actually use
    the entire 4GB anyway) is for *32-bit* client versions of Windows.
    Since he will run the 64-bit version, there is no such limitation.

    Whether the applications that he runs can make effective use of 8GB is
    another question entirely, and it's possible that he will see no
    improvement by having 8GB instead of 4.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Oct 12, 2009
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    Victek Guest

    Hello, i have a quick question just to clarify something.
    Make sure the new ram spec matches the ram that's already in the system,
    e.g. PC3200, PC8500, etc. It's also a good idea to check the motherboard
    spec to see what the maximum supported amount is.
    Victek, Oct 12, 2009
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    SC Tom Guest

    No, he said he HAD Vista Home Premium 64-bit, then installed and now has
    Vista Home Ultimate 32-bit, and will be installing Windows 7 64-bit soon.

    The 8GB won't do the 32-bit system any good, but may help out when W7 64-bit
    is installed.

    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Oct 12, 2009
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    kanehi Guest

    You're assured.. 8gb RAM will work with Win7 x64. Sorry it didn't wor
    out with Vista x64 for ya. One bit of advice though is not to hang o
    to 'old' programs on a new OS as it might become incompatible
    kanehi, Oct 13, 2009
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    Ian D Guest

    That's right. Unless he's running Photoshop CS4 in 64 bit
    mode with multiple large bitmaps open simultaneously, or
    another similar application, 8GB won't be used. It's a waste
    with 32 bit apps as most can't address more than 2GB of
    memory, and most that are large address aware are limited
    to 3GB. When 64 bit apps become the norm, this will
    change, but all our present systems will probably be
    obsolete by then.
    Ian D, Oct 14, 2009
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    Clark Guest

    Well, I will answer this question: Will Windows 7 be more stable than
    Vista as far as using 8 gigs -- I don't think so. If you use the same
    memory you used before and other things being the same, I would say you
    will see the compatibility issues continue.

    As I believe was suggested, different memory might help.

    Clark, Oct 19, 2009
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    ProfQ Guest

    An interesting discussion. My ID and e-mail are fictitious but I want to
    pose the question anyway.

    I upgraded my laptop from 1GB to 2GB in an effort to make Firefox and
    Flock and Safari, and Hauptwerk Pipe Organ software work better. No

    Are there any non-essential Windows services and applications that can
    be stopped or put on MANUAL instead of AUTOMATIC, that will free up more
    processing power by eliminating overhead of unnecessary services?

    If so, which? I can stop the Sidebar, change to Classic Windows, reduce
    the screen resolution, etc., but I work most of my time on my laptop and
    it overheats sometimes.

    If anyone wants to answer privately please address to iansamson3 at
    gmail dot com

    ProfQ, Nov 13, 2009
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