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Old 08-18-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Default I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

I have 2 sticks of 2gb a-data ram, but windows is telling me I have 3.25. I just upgraded to vista from xp, but xp told me the same thing, I just assumed the upgrade would fix it.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Cause its a 32 bit Os you must have installed
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Wow really? It is 32 bit, but why does that matter? So putting 64 bit will solve it?
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #4
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Yeah, 32 bit will only show that much RAM,
Vista editions of 64 were as shown below
  • Vista Basic 64-bit: 8 GB
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit: 16 GB
  • Vista Business/Enterprise/Ultimate 64-bit: 128+ GB
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #5
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

So I might as well get Windows 7, but should I get the upgrade or full edition? What's the difference?
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Full edition is just if you don't have a previously installed windows OS. Upgrade will take you from your current vista and upgrade it to Win 7.
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

For sure, thanks.

edit: If I did buy the upgrade, would I still be able to do a clean install?
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For sure, thanks.

edit: If I did buy the upgrade, would I still be able to do a clean install?
No, you won't be able to do a clean install with an upgrade. Also, you can't upgrade from a 32 bit version of Vista to a 64 bit version of 7.
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Trust us, it's not worth an upgrade to the OS so it shows .75 more RAM.
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Default Re: I have 4GB ram, why is it showing 3.25?

Windows 7 is great anyway, so I'd do it if you have the money just kicking around. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it.
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