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  1. martin65

    martin65 Thread Starter

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    hello!
    ppl I've confronted a problem like this on my assignment and can't figure out the answer! plz have a look and see if anyone can help me out:
    Peter has recently bought a high-end desktop computer with an Intel
    64-bit processor and 5 gigabytes of memory. He chose to install Windows Vista
    Ultimate 32-bit on his machine. After the system boot up, he was shocked to discover
    that Windows showed his memory to be only 4 GB. His colleagues advised him to
    install a 64-bit operating system. What was the problem?

    I'll appreciate ur replies
    thanks in advance...
     
  2. bigbear

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    He is lucky it shows 4g, 32bit OS's normally only recognise around 3.2g.
    If he wants to use the full 5G then he needs to install a 64bit OS
     
  3. martin65

    martin65 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply,
    why? I mean how come the 32 one does not work??
    if possible, just explain how the memory space has got filled out? I mean I can't see the connections! how is it that the windows is just 32bits and the processor is 64 bits, and more than 32 obviously but then this problem happens!
     
  4. bigbear

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    The 32bit will work it just wont recognize more that 3.2g of ram, its a windows issue.
    Having a 64bit cpu just means it will support a 64bit OS.
     
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