Re: [nbos] FM and large file sizes/prints."Myrmidon" Sun Oct 11th, 2009
>Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 15:23:48 +0000
>Subject: Re: [nbos] FM and large file sizes/prints.
>The main reason you'd need a 64 bit after XP version of windows is if you
>have more than 3 gig of ram. XP cannot use more than that, even in 64
>bit. It came out before the current huge RAM sizes were really feasible.
>If you hav 8 gig like I do on my desk top, and want to use it all under
>windows, you have to have either vista or 7 at 64 bit.
>Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
The above statement is partly incorrect. Both the 32 and 64 Bit versions
of Windows XP will in fact make use of more than 3GB (or 3.3 GBs to be
exact) of RAM. Both the 32 and 64 Bit versions of Windows XP will make
use of up to 4 GBs of RAM. I'm running 32 Bit XP with 4GBs of RAM and when
I look in the BIOS it reports the 4 full GBs of RAM. However, the Windows
32 bit version *will only report 3.3 GB's of RAM. This incorrect
reporting by the OS was done via a patch purposely released by M.S. Many
businesses are still using older programs that can't deal with memory
addresses above the 3.3 GB range, and since many of said programs stopped
being patched by their creators long long ago - M.S. simply patched the
O.S. to fib and tell these older programs what they wanted to hear. The XP
O.S. still makes use of the upper address ranges. Having run XP 64 bit as
well, it should fully report 4 GBs of RAM if your system has that much
since any of the programs designed to handle a 64 bit environment should
fully be able to deal with the increase in memory address ranges. If you
are going above 4 GBs of RAM, then you're going to want to look at a 64 Bit
version of Vista or Windows 7 to get the most performance out of your
hardware as the original poster commented.
Hope that helps,
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