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I see, I thought there's a way to increase the RAM limit..
Is there a way to install 64bit OS and keep all my settings and programs from my current 32bit OS?

Well, theres good news and bad news in regards to this.

Good news: YOU CAN use the same cd key you used with windows 7 32 to have microsoft transfer that over to a windows 7 64 bit version.

Bad news: Theres no way to go from 32bit to 64bit without a reinstall.

THE VERY "MORETROUBLETHANIT'SWORTH" way would be to use gparted from a linux distro, to make a blank ntfs partition to install the 64 bit alongside the 32 bit, and as you transfer files back and forth (during difference sessions) shrink the 32bit and expand the 64 bit partition, until you've transfered everything and REINSTALLED EVERYTHING, then you can delete the 32 bit and take over the full drive.
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post #12 of 16
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I see, I thought there's a way to increase the RAM limit..
Is there a way to install 64bit OS and keep all my settings and programs from my current 32bit OS?

Nope, or you would have to go trough a hell of a lot of trouble to do it.

Best thing is just to see if you can borrow an external hard drive, and put your valuable files on that or a second internal hdd, because only the drive where the 64 bit os is installed on will be formatted.
 
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A 32 bit version of any os cannot see more than 4gb of ram, the only way to be able to use more ram is to install a 64bit version of the os, in your case windows 7. it wont be bad for your os if you install more than 4gb, its just useless wink.gif
Wrong.... 32-bit OS can see more than 4GB of RAM.


Microsoft intentionally disabled PAE for 32-bit consumer OSes to prevent memory corruption from non-PAE aware drivers.
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Wrong.... 32-bit OS can see more than 4GB of RAM.
Microsoft intentionally disabled PAE for 32-bit consumer OSes to prevent memory corruption from non-PAE aware drivers.

Hmm, didnt know this.. well, learning is good biggrin.gif
 
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I see, I thought there's a way to increase the RAM limit..
Is there a way to install 64bit OS and keep all my settings and programs from my current 32bit OS?

As said in #9, you can only increase it by modifying the kernel (maybe not the best way). Some poeple install a ram-disk that supports memory above 4G. Windows doesn't deny access to the memory that way.

#5: That is a myth.

Is that true? Can you make a 12 GB ram disk on 32-bit consumer Windows 7?
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Yes, if the ram-disk supports it.
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