I recently installed 8 GB of RAM on my laptop running Windows 7, but when I go to my computer properties, it says I have only 4 GB of installed memory and 3.74 GB are usable. Where’s the rest of the 8 GB of RAM that I installed?
Well, you can always download some more ram if you want to see 8GB in your properties, but it's only for the look. IT'S NOT REAL
its because of the 32 bit operating system. i would recommend you to install 64 bit since it will utilize all your RAM
you must install 64bit OS on your system to resolve the issue.
32 bit = 4 gb max 64 bit =8 gb max .... if you have 64 bit then one of the ram sticks could be lose
You probably have a 32 bit operating system installed. You should upgrade to 64 bit.
Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory
there is a patch to use 8GB of RAm
it is up to you to decide to try it, it can cause the windows to be not stable.
How can I enable PAE on Windows 7 (32-bit) to support more than 3.5 GB of RAM?
Is there way to enable 4 GB RAM in 32-bit Windows OS?
According to the official windows memory limits, Win 7 only supports 4 GB of RAM
you have to install a 64-bit operating system for you I recognize all RAM
As people say above, 32 Bit systems are made to run only a maximum of 4GB RAM. Upgrade your system to 64 Bit for complete utilization of your RAM.
XP can only use 3 gigs of ram
Windows 7 32bit versions can only use up to 4
64 bit OS is needed for utilizing more than 4 gigs of ram
it looks like this has been solved already upgrade to win7 64 bit... but if you do have a 64 bit system and its not recognizing the ram i sugest looking in this MUO article
good luck to you hope this helps. it should have came up when you asked your question.
Use x64 bit os to see 8 gb ram in the properties....
use speecy software.... ( advanced System Information tool )....
You are most likely to be using a 32 bit version of windows 7, 32 bit operating systems can only address (use) almost 4GB of RAM.
a) Does your motherboard support 8gig?
b) I assume you have two 4 gig cards, swap them around i.e. reverse the cards - still the same?
c) Click on Start then right click on 'Computer' and select 'Properties'.
How much installed RAM does it say?
d) Even if you are running 32 bit Windows it should recognise how much you have installed, if you still only see 4 gig then take one of the cards and reboot - does your machine boot normally?
e) Now swap the cards over - remove the card you just booted with and replace it with the one you took out - does it still boot normally?
Post back your findings so we can advise you further.
no it was OS bits problem :)
lol , you you have to have 64 bit OS to use 8 GB of ram
If you have to buy 64 bit OS, get Win 8 Pro 64 bit for only $40.00 instead of $170.00 for Win 7.
Agreeing with the 32-bit OS thing.
What version of windows are you running (I Suppose its 32-bit).
If you are using 32-bit version the max memory you can use is 4gb in theory, practically it will be less than that. One more reason could be hardware support, Your motherboard might not support more than 4gb of memory. To answer this we might need more information about your hardware.
You need to upgrade your OS to the 64 bit.
you will need to install Windows 7 x64 version
upgrade to 64 bit OS and it'll be fine, one reason why is because the older 32 bit is limited in the functionality of the drives.
Install x64 or modify the physical address extension thinggy for it to work with 32 bits.
32 bits can only use upto 4 gb memory
you have a 32 bit operating system which is limited to about 4 GB of ram. you would have to upgrade to a 64 bit operating system to use all 8 GB
Exactly. 32 bit OS could read 4 gigs in theory, but due to hardware limitations of x86 , usually people get around 3.5 gigs.