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Old 01-24-2008, 08:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default XP or Vista: How much ram supported?

I am getting ready to build a new system to do 3d modeling apps. was orginally going to install 8gbs of ram but was told that xp does not support that much and that i only supports up to around 4gbs or so. I also i hear that video ram is also include with the ram limits. But i heard that vista might support that much. I am confused as to what to do, can anyone give me the 411 on this delimma?
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Default Re: XP or Vista: How much ram supported?

vista 64 i believe supports up to 8gb of ram but vista 64 business supports 128gb of ram, i beleive that xp only utilizes 2gb of ram. someone correct me if im wrong
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Default Re: XP or Vista: How much ram supported?

Any 32-bit OS will only read 3-3.5GB of RAM.

XP/Vista 64 bit will both read up to 128GB of RAM.

Edit: Vista Home Baisc 64bit only reads up to 8GB, and Vista Home Premium 64bit only reads up to 16GB. Still more than you'd ever ever need.
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Default Re: XP or Vista: How much ram supported?

thanks for the info guys that really helps out alot, but i have one more question. Which would you recommend XP or Vista? I have a friend that has vista on her computer but when she tries to download something she can never find it again. I tried to find it for her but i couldnt find it. I looked in windows explorer and it said that it was in this file but when i opened that file it wasnt to be seen, i made sure that all hidden files where viewable, did a search for the file and it could find it either. So i am alittle skeptical about vista but am willing togive it some thought if i had some good info about it.
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I haven't had any problems with Vista when I've used it. Just a little something you'd have to get used to, layout-wise. I personally triple boot, XP, Vista, and Ubuntu. XP is gonna stop getting support in '09, I believe is what I heard, which is around when Windows 7 is supposed to be released, as well. Vista has most of its bugs worked out, and it only really won't work with older (pretty old) hardware.
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