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  1.    08 Dec 2015 #1
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    Windows 10

    2.2gb Usable out of 4gb RAM.


    Hello! I've just installed my windows 10 and since it was running slow on a 2gb ram, I decided to buy a 4gb stick on my 32bit system. Long story short, it only shows 2.2gb usable. 768mb(or something close to that figure) is reserved for the videocard but I think I still should have 1gb more. Ive tried the unchecking the maximum memory and didn't work. I've tried all possible solutions that I could find on the net yet no progress. Except for one, which is updating the BIOS, of which I am particularly bad at trying to figure out how. Anyway I'll just attach some of my computer information so if anyone could help me please. Thanks!
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  2.    08 Dec 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Are you using on-board graphics? If so that might be using up that memory.
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  3.    08 Dec 2015 #3
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    I'm not quite sure though I think no. Cpuid-z shows that my videocard uses 768mb, and I think 32bitsystems can only utilize up to 3.2gb disregarding that of the video card so I still should have 1gb more. OrOr am I wrong? Oh and also tried swapping slots, still didn't solve the problem
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  4.    08 Dec 2015 #4
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    Windows 10 Pro

    I had that problem on an older computer I upgraded to Windows 10 32bit. It had a 64-bit capable processor and when I installed 64-bit Windows 10 my useable RAM went up to 3.75 GB. I think you are stuck with 2.8 GB useable with 32-bit Windows 10.
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  5.    08 Dec 2015 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro X64

    Hi,

    From MS:

    Edition Amount
    Windows 10 Home 32 bit 4 GBs
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit 128 GBs
    Windows 10 Pro 32 bit 4 GBs
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 512 GBs
    Windows 10 Enterprise/Education 32 bit 4 GBs
    Windows 10 Enterprise/Education 64 bit 512 GBs
    So, assuming 1GB is allocated to the GPU then that makes it roughly 3Gb available to the OS (32 bit).
    If you have two RAM slots on the MB you could add the 2 GB you pulled if its timings are close to the new one and by doing so you should seeing about 4GB available to Windows. Never tried this though.

    Either that or installing the 64 bit version of what you're running now.

    Can check how much memory is allocated to the GPU in BIOS as well ? If it's set to 1Gb you could try to reduce it to say 512Mb and see if the 512Mb are then reallocated to the OS.

    Cheers,
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  6.    08 Dec 2015 #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by fdegrove View Post
    Either that or installing the 64 bit version of what you're running now.
    Since my experience on the old computer I upgraded, I have corrected the advice I used to give out. I used to say, 4GB or less RAM just install 32-bit. Now my personal feeling is, if the CPU will support 64-bit, then install 64-bit.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 08 Dec 2015 at 16:38.
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  7.    08 Dec 2015 #7
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    Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    From his OP, it doesn't look like his CPU will support 64-bit. Since my experience on the old computer I upgraded, I have corrected the advice I used to give out. I used to say, 4GB or less RAM just install 32-bit. Now my personal feeling is, if the CPU will support 64-bit, then install 64-bit.
    His processor will support 64 bit (it shown on the system screen shot). I agree, the OP should be installing 64 bit Windows 10.
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  8.    08 Dec 2015 #8
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Genghis Thom View Post
    His processor will support 64 bit (it shown on the system screen shot). I agree, the OP should be installing 64 bit Windows 10.
    You are correct. My mistake, I read the screenshot wrong! Yeah - install the 64-bit Windows 10 for sure and the useable RAM will bump up to over 3.5 GB.
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  9.    08 Dec 2015 #9
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    Windows 10 Pro X64

    Hi,

    Now my personal feeling is, if the CPU will support 64-bit, then install 64-bit.
    Exactly. I feel the same way about it.

    And his CPU also includes the AMD/ATI GPU so that explains some of the memory not going to the OS.

    Cheers,
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  10.    09 Dec 2015 #10
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    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    In checking the bios I really don't know how to adjust or even check where that option is.
    I'm still going to try adding the 2gb stick since iIjust got home from school and hope it'd sort out the problem. If nothing works I'll just upgrade it to 64bit.thanks for the quick feedback, never thought this was such an active forum so I didn't mind checking earlier haha


    Update: I tried putting in the 2gb stick and now it shows that only 2gb is allocated on the memory so it's not compatible. So i just removed it. Now my only option is to either update the BIOS(which I do not know how because of my poor background :3) and to try the 64 bit. So anything else i could do before trying to nistall the 64bit? Oh and still shows 2.2 gb
    Last edited by wyeksdi; 09 Dec 2015 at 06:42.
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