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 Post subject: Can over 4GB of RAM cause instability with WinXP 32-bit
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:46 pm 
Willamette
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This is probably a common question, but I've never tried or experienced this first hand myself....

I know XP will see 4GB as only 3.5GB or 3.25GB. But what happens if you have a system with 6 or 8GB of RAM (or more)? Will WinXP (32-bit) just ignore the extra RAM, or could this cause instability issues with XP?

I have 8GB of RAM in my system now and want to know before I actually do the dual boot to foresee if there will be any issues prior to actually taking the time to do it.

My reason for doing this is I do programming and want to be able to also play some older games (games that came out prior to Vista, and that don't work with UAC very well). I don't plan to use it as a day-to-day primary OS, just for programming and game playing. Which I can't do in the XP Mode VM, or I would.


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 Post subject: Re: Can over 4GB of RAM cause instability with WinXP 32-bit
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:52 pm 
Bitchin' Fast 3D Z8000
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So what wasn't answered in your last thread...

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=112113


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 Post subject: Re: Can over 4GB of RAM cause instability with WinXP 32-bit
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:14 pm 
SON OF A GUN
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You'll be fine. Try to stick to one thread on the topic please.


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