Maximum Memory Windows 32bit Utilise

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It’s a good read. Most people, that includes me, frequently ask, why does our Windows XP doesn’t fully utilise our 4GB RAM, or some might even ask what’s the maximum capacity RAM one can install / integrate into his / her computer.

The answer is here.

Why doesn’t my Windows® PC recognize the whole 4GB of memory I installed?

The maximum amount of memory that your system can use is actually limited in two ways — not only is there a maximum amount of memory that your computer motherboard can accept, there is also a maximum amount of memory that your operating system (OS) can accept.

For instance, when you install 4GB of memory in a 32-bit Windows system (the most common version; 64-bit systems are typically used only by high-end users), your system will see (and utilize) only 3GB or 3.5GB. Is the problem bad memory?

Relax, there isn’t a problem with the memory. Windows allows for 4GB of memory to be addressed, but this isn’t 100 percent the same as having 4GB of physical memory.

What happens is that some of the addressable memory (regardless of how much you have physically installed) is reserved for use by page files or by some of the devices that you are using, such as a graphics card, PCI card, integrated network connections, etc., so it’s unavailable for use as normal main memory.

The amount of memory needed for these devices is calculated by your system at startup; if you haven’t maxed out the memory in your system, it’s invisible to you, and all your physical memory (the RAM that’s installed) is available for use. However if you’ve maxed out the DRAM in your system, this amount will be deducted from your physical memory, so you can’t use 100% of your DRAM.

The maximum memory limitation varies by operating system; for instance, the 4GB memory limitation doesn’t exist in 64-bit versions of Windows.

Memory maximums for current Microsoft® Windows OSs include:

* Windows XP Home: 4GB

* Windows XP Professional: 4GB

* Windows XP 32-bit: 4GB

* Windows XP 64-bit: 128GB

* Windows Vista Home Basic: 4GB

* Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit: 8GB

* Windows Vista Home Premium: 4GB

* Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit: 16GB

* Windows Vista Ultimate: 4GB

* Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit: 128GB+

* Windows Vista 32-bit: 4GB

* Windows Vista 64-bit: 128GB+

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A part of the article:

What is the maximum amount of RAM the Windows operating system can handle?

That depends on two factors: the amount of memory your computer hardware can handle, and the amount of memory your Microsoft® Windows® operating system (OS) can handle.

When purchasing your memory upgrade, make sure that you do not exceed the lower of the two maximums (OS and computer maximums.) Too much RAM can lower your system’s performance or cause other problems. (In most cases, the system maximum is lower than the OS maximum.)

Here are the OS maximums for some popular versions of Microsoft Windows:

* Windows 95: 1GB

* Windows 98: 1GB

* Windows 98SE: 1GB

* Windows ME: 1.5GB

* Windows NT®: 4GB

* Windows 2000 Professional: 4GB

* Windows 2000 Server®: 4GB

* Windows 2000 Advanced Server: 8GB with PAE enabled

* Windows 2000 Datacenter Server: 32GB with PAE enabled

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2 Responses to “Maximum Memory Windows 32bit Utilise”

  1. Hallucinator Says:

    What about 32bit Windows Server 2003 Enterprise? It accepts up to 32gb. Link here:
    http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/81999f39-41e9-4388-8d7d-7430ec4cc4221033.mspx

  2. experi3nc3 Says:

    Hi, Thanks for the input! =)

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