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Windows Vista does not report all my memory

I’m running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit and I have 8 GB of memory installed. My Bios sees the 8 GB of memory. When I check system properties it only shows 3 GB of memory. How do I get my computer to show all 8 GB?
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This is a limitation of the 32-bit operating system. For more information on this, please see the following Article:

The RAM reported by the System Properties dialog box and the System Information tool is less than you expect in Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888137/en-us

Please also see:

The system memory that is reported in the System Information dialog box in Windows Vista is less than you expect if 4 GB of RAM is installed

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us

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 The easiest answer for this question will be:
Upgrade your Vista to Service Pack 1 (SP1). You still will not be able to use RAM memory over amount about of 3-3,5 GB but your Vista show you all 8 GB
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How can I use the memory above the 3,5 GiB?
Another question about it: is the swap file a part of the limitation of the 3,5 GiB?

I am now running: Windows Home Premium 32 bit and thinking about upgrade to run 64 bit.
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Goof2000, you will require upgrading to a 64-bit OS, as such RAM limitation is related to the system architecture
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