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#1 jhop23

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:48 AM

First off I have an Amd A8 5600k CPU, 8 gb ram, asus mobo, 6670 dual graphics. I have 32 bit installed on system and noticed computer was only using 2.2 gigs of available 8 gigs. Almost 6 gigs are in hardware reserve whatever that means. My question is: Is this because i have 32 bit os installed? if so how can i upgrade to 64 bit without losing all my games/files? Please help thank you



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 08:49 AM

In order to utilize all 8 GB of RAM, you'll need to install a 64-bit Operating System . . . which unfortunately will require a fresh install.



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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

Upgrading from Windows 8 32-bit to 64-bit can be done, but it isn't simple.  There is a good article on the subject at Tom's Hardware.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 05:44 PM

First off I have an Amd A8 5600k CPU, 8 gb ram, asus mobo, 6670 dual graphics. I have 32 bit installed on system and noticed computer was only using 2.2 gigs of available 8 gigs. Almost 6 gigs are in hardware reserve whatever that means. My question is: Is this because i have 32 bit os installed? if so how can i upgrade to 64 bit without losing all my games/files? Please help thank you

Does your system actually "see" the 8GB of RAM?  I ask that because a 32-bit Windows OS will only see ~3.25GB, no matter how much RAM you have installed.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:51 PM

My question is: Is this because i have 32 bit os installed? if so how can i upgrade to 64 bit without losing all my games/files?

 

Yes....this IS because you have  32 bit system installed

I like the approach on this page::

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/switch-windows-7-32-bit-to-windows-7-64-bit/ac6d3f4e-376f-4827-90a2-e499e37946b2

BUT....be sure to read the excellent article...Tom's Hardware.             link provided by DC3

 

So yes you can do it......but you will have to download the 64 bit system on a 64 bit PC  (find a friend!).......and you will have to make a backup on an external drive. .......Read read read.......between the two links....the answers are all there.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 07:02 PM

I should have posted this information in my last post.

 

A 32-bit Windows operating system will recognize up to 4GB of RAM, but will not be able to utilize the total amount because the address space is only 4GB in size.  The draw from critical functions such as the system BIOS, motherboard resources, memory mapped I/O, PCI, PCI-E, other memory allocations for PCI devices use this space as well.  Because of this a 32-bit operating system will typically only recognize between 3GB and 3.5GB of RAM.


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