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Windows 7 Ram problem in 32 bit 7


New Member
May 20, 2009
I have 4 g installed on my machine, but when checking system properties in 7 i get "4.00 g (2.86g available)" ?
Any help would be appreciated.
Looks like the normal limitation of 32 bit windows operating systems.

Google "4gb ram 32 bit windows". (The bad news is that you'll get more than a million hits.)

The details of your hardware determine the amount of free memory available to applications, so there is no standard number for a 32 bit OS with 4GB of memory installed.

If that annoys you too much, the solution is to use the X64 version of the OS. It cannot be installed as an upgrade over a 32 bit OS, and it precludes running old 16 bit (DOS era) software.
What video card do you have? 32 bit os'es only support 4GB of RAM total (system RAM and video RAM combined).