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8GB RAM but only 3.35GB Usable

  1. #11


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I'm surprised this still gets asked. Anyway, Microsoft changed the display options a while back to show total installed RAM, even if it can't all be addressed.

    To make a long story short, you won't be able to use all of the memory unless you make the switch. Now, I've heard people complain about not having the time to do a fresh install, and that always means they aren't prepared or aren't properly organized. I keep a flash drive handy with Office, updated drivers, and necessary software on it. I also haven't installed Windows from a CD/DVD since XP, so that's one more way of speeding up the process. There isn't much of a need to insanely customize a computer anymore, especially for Internet settings. You should be behind a router than doesn't require much in the way of settings. If you plan ahead, you can get the entire fresh install process down to an hour and a half or so.

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  2. #12


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    I'm surprised this still gets asked. Anyway, Microsoft changed the display options a while back to show total installed RAM, even if it can't all be addressed.

    To make a long story short, you won't be able to use all of the memory unless you make the switch.
    .....
    You mean install the x64 version - right?
    There isn't some 'switch' to flip to change the display options to show total installed RAM.

    Just a sanity check on my part - thanks.

    Bill
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  3. #13


    I have seen cases when running WEI fixes that problem.
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  4. #14


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    I'm surprised this still gets asked. Anyway, Microsoft changed the display options a while back to show total installed RAM, even if it can't all be addressed.

    To make a long story short, you won't be able to use all of the memory unless you make the switch.
    .....
    You mean install the x64 version - right?
    There isn't some 'switch' to flip to change the display options to show total installed RAM.

    Just a sanity check on my part - thanks.

    Bill
    .
    Yes, in this instance, 'switch' means 'swap to 64bit'.
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  5. #15


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Yes, poor choice of words on my part, but by "make the switch", I mean install x64, as in "switching" to the 64-bit platform.
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  6. #16


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    Yes, poor choice of words on my part, but by "make the switch", I mean install x64, as in "switching" to the 64-bit platform.
    Thanks, just wanted clarification in case I missed something new.

    Try to avoid the Schuylkill and 422 until Spring. KWY reported flash freezing as the cause of the pileups
    The road was fine one second and the next second it was frozen

    Sounds odd, I've driven from KOP to Green Lane 100s of times and never experienced flash freezing. Come to think of it, never anywhere. Must be a way to make the news exciting.

    Now if the people knew how to drive ... Sure Kill expressway is an apropos nickname.

    Bill
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  7. #17


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I forgot you were a local guy to me. I live just south of the city, just past PHL airport. I generally try to avoid the KoP area, but my closest Wegmans is in KoP...not to mention MicroCenter in Radnor.
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  8. #18


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    I used to know your area fairly well. Friends live(d) all around there, but there aren't too many there now that I know.
    I remember when Micro Center first opened - Delaware is closer to me now, no sales tax, and I avoid the KOP area.

    If you're near Brookhaven, stop in at John's Village Market & Deli.
    I've known John, the elder, for as long as I can remember. His son Billy manages the Brookhaven store.
    John's Village Market & Deli Brookhaven, PA, 19015 - YP.com
    Really good food (hoagies, cheesesteaks, sandwiches...) and a really fair price.
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  9. #19

    King of Prussia


    Small world department: this discussion of KoP -- when I was born, my family lived in King of Prussia (1937). It was just a small crossroads with a traffic light and a gas station. We lived on what used to be the Valley Forge Golf Club where my father worked. And later in life when I lived on the Main Line, I often drove the Schuylkill Expressway into Conshohocken when I worked for the former Alan Wood Steel. I once had a flat tire on the Schuylkill (1961) which I recall changing on the minimal shoulder in a very nervous state! Memories.
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  10. #20


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by Retexan599 View Post
    Small world department: this discussion of KoP -- when I was born, my family lived in King of Prussia (1937). It was just a small crossroads with a traffic light and a gas station. We lived on what used to be the Valley Forge Golf Club where my father worked. And later in life when I lived on the Main Line, I often drove the Schuylkill Expressway into Conshohocken when I worked for the former Alan Wood Steel. I once had a flat tire on the Schuylkill (1961) which I recall changing on the minimal shoulder in a very nervous state! Memories.
    And now you're in Texas!
    Yes, it is a small world. The Golf Club is where Wegman's is - yep .... another shopping center!
    It might even be smaller, I grew up (technically speaking) in Berwyn, not far from (easy walking distance) the Devon Horse Show.

    Change a tire on the Sure Kill? Not me, I would have left the car and climbed the rock face
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