XP..Virtual Box and RAM

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tonyacardo

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My XP recognizes only 3 GB of RAM. I only have 3 sticks in there. I have a slot for 1 more. If I create a Virtual Box machine and I add RAM I believe I need to decide how much RAM that VM is allowed. Would XP be smart enough to allocate the 4th GB RAM to the VM?

Maybe I am wrong. Maybe Ubuntu should be my primary OS and XP should be the VM. (I need XP to run certain programs.) Would Ubuntu allocate as much RAM as I could physically fit in there. (Maybe I could buy 2 sticks of 4 GB RAM.) Also I have XP Pro but it is 32 bit. If I went with a Linux system would it be 64 bit.

Am I on the right track?

Thank you for your time and consideration.
 

DoubleHelix

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No, the virtual system would not see the 4th GB of RAM. It only sees what the host sees. You've reach the 32-bit OS limitation. If you want to use more RAM, you need to install a 64-bit OS.
 
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