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#1 dunnjt10

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:48 PM

My laptop is a Dell, Inspiron 1545 running Vista, 3GB Ram, 32 bit, 160 GB HDD. This computer is "64 bit ready". Can I upgrade to Win 7, 64 bit version and also upgrade memory to more than 4GB, which specs say is the max allowed RAM. Or, can I upgrade only to the 32 bit version of WIN 7 and 4GB of RAM?
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 09:58 PM

You can't upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.
It has to be clean install.

4GB, which specs say is the max allowed RAM

Says what? Computer, motherboard manual?

32-bit will take 4GB of RAM, but it'll only use 3GB give, or take.
64-bit will utilize a whole 4GB.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:52 PM

I understand that 32 bit vista can not be upgraded to 64 bit Win 7 without a clean install. If I were to do a clean install of Win 7, would this computer be able to use more than 4GB RAM and functiona as fully 64 bit? Seems like one of my questions boils down to, will I gain any function or speed going from 32 version of Vista to a 64 bit version of Win 7. Is this just wishful thinking?
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:17 PM

would this computer be able to use more than 4GB RAM

It depends on your motherboard. You need to check its manual.

As for the speed, it mostly depends on your processor speed. That's in simple terms. Computer speed depends also on amount of RAM, RAM speed, hard drive speed and more, but mostly processor.
When you increase amount of RAM it allows you better multitasking and running more demanding programs.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:27 PM

Broni,
Thanks for replying. Does the fact that this computer is "64 bit ready" actually mean anything or is it just Hype. Your help is appreciated. Thanks,
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:43 PM

It only means that the processor is 64-bit capable. Most today's processors are.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:12 PM

Broni,
So then if I do a clean install of Win 7, this computer functions at 64 bit, not 32 bit? Yes? And if the documentation says that the max RAM is 4GB, when I install the 64 bit version of Win 7, can I install memory in excess of 4GB. Will the computer be able to utilize the memory greater than 4GB or is 4 the max no matter what?
Thanks for understanding my questions and thank you for answering in a way that I understand your answers. Thanks
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:25 PM

So then if I do a clean install of Win 7, this computer functions at 64 bit, not 32 bit?

Yes.

Here are the upper RAM limits for the different editions of Windows 7:

  • Starter: 8GB
  • Home Basic: 8GB
  • Home Premium: 16GB
  • Professional: 192GB
  • Enterprise: 192GB
  • Ultimate: 192GB
BUT, your motherboard is the limit. If your motherboard manual says, 4GB max, then 4GB it is
However, if your motherboard limit is 4GB, 64-bit Windows will utilize all of it, while 32-bit will use only roughly 3GB.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:59 PM

Broni,

Thank you. That answer gets an A+.
Thank you,
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:01 PM

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