more than 4 GB RAM okay for 32 bit XP ?

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I have a multiple boot desktop system with Vista and 7 as 64 bit, and XP Pro as 32 bit, now with 4 GB of memory. So if I do a upgrade of the RAM to 8 GB will the 32 bit XP still boot okay, but not detect and use the full 8 GB like Vista and 7 64 bit will ? This is a 2009 store built desktop with a ASUS P5QL Pro motherboard.
 
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It should boot fine, the max amount of ram any 32 - bit OS can support though is approx 4 gigs.
 

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Does that also include Ubuntu Linux, ( I have Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04 installed on that same hard drive, both are 32 bit) ? So my XP 32 bit will just not see or use any more memory than 4 GB, okay then.
 
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Having more than 4 gigs for the 64 bit to take advantage of will not effect the operation of 32 bit. 32 bit will only read memory up till it's max. Usually 3.2-3.4 gigs.
 

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Does that also include Ubuntu Linux, ( I have Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04 installed on that same hard drive, both are 32 bit) ? So my XP 32 bit will just not see or use any more memory than 4 GB, okay then.
Yes.
Having more than any OS can use will not affect that OS (except Win 9x based ones)
 
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