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So I installed my 32-Bit windows 7 ultimate a while ago and I know that 32-bit is restricted to 4GB maximum RAM. I have 4GB of RAM but the Intel Burn Test v2 detects it as 2GB (between 2096mb and 2000mb) and Windows detecs it as 4GB but seeing as as I have a 1GB GPU it says 2.99Gb usable.I Is this caused by having a 32-Bit operating System?

I also got a few other questions

1. Will I have a fresh new windows after installing it (no drivers, no programs etc.)
2. Will my Games still work with my Product Key? Because I have Shift 2 Limited Edition and i'm afraid that if I install 64-bit i might not have the limited edition features.
3. Obviously is it all worth it?
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1. Yes. However, you should be reinstalling from scratch anyway.

2. No reason why they wouldn't.

3. Is being able to use that extra GiB of RAM worth the trouble to you?
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Originally Posted by AlPh4Kil1 View Post
So I installed my 32-Bit windows 7 ultimate a while ago and I know that 32-bit is restricted to 4GB maximum RAM. I have 4GB of RAM but the Intel Burn Test v2 detects it as 2GB (between 2096mb and 2000mb) and Windows detecs it as 4GB but seeing as as I have a 1GB GPU it says 2.99Gb usable.I Is this caused by having a 32-Bit operating System?

I also got a few other questions

1. Will I have a fresh new windows after installing it (no drivers, no programs etc.)
2. Will my Games still work with my Product Key? Because I have Shift 2 Limited Edition and i'm afraid that if I install 64-bit i might not have the limited edition features.
3. Obviously is it all worth it?
Wrong, it is actually only 3.25GB of ram.
Obviously if you have a 4gb ram kit, might as well install 64 bit to make the use of your ram. It is like saying buying a gaming computer only for daily emails.
1. what is it? Sorry
2. is it on steam? or what
3. YESSS
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Actually, it is 4GB. Windows just gives an odd reading because it accommodates for all types of memory.

1. Yes. You'll have a fresh install.
2. There is no reason games shouldn't work.
3. Yes, simply for future support. Other than older PC's having 32-bit only processors, I don't see why Windows even supports a 32-bit OS nowadays. And if you are still stuck with a 32-bit only CPU, you shouldn't be running 7 anyway.
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It's worth it. Not only will it allow you to use all of your ram, it'll allow individual applications to use more ram on their own. Standard 32 bit applications can only access 2 gigs of ram, which is why intel burn test is reporting it as 2 gigs.

A fresh install is generally preferable, but you can try an upgrade first if you want to save your programs. Otherwise, just back up your entire users folder; that'll get all your save games and almost everything else other than install files.

Your product keys should work; they generally allow for a few reinstalls and if it doesn't then email the company for a new key. If they won't give you one, well let's just say that you paid for the frigging game and there are ways around DRM.
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Windows just gives an odd reading because it accommodates for all types of memory.
Not strictly true, it's just that every piece of hardware is given a range of memory addresses that must all fit in the 4GiB limit on 32-bit Windows. Even hardware without local memory eats into these addresses.

Thing like video cards are the main culprit because all of their on-board memory has to be addressable.

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And if you are still stuck with a 32-bit only CPU, you shouldn't be running 7 anyway.
There are some fairly potent 32-bit CPUs out there that will run Windows 7 just fine; the original Core line of processors for example.
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alright then! thanks for all the replies, been a big help. Hopefully tommorow i have time to upgrade it
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