RAM limitations for Windows 10 32bit

it is correct that windows 10 32bit only recognizes 4GB of ram.  I currently have 16GB and just saw the limitation if that is correct.
 

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Last updated November 19, 2019 Views 16,312 Applies to:

Hi Terry,

Thank you for providing some details about your concern. Here's the link on where you can get more information about the Memory Limits for Windows. Just look for the section Physical Memory Limits: Windows 10.

Should you have any other concerns, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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It is correct, but even worse than that.

All 32-bit client versions of Windows (not just XP/Vista/7/8/10) have a
4GB address space (64-bit versions can use much more). That's the
theoretical upper limit beyond which you can not go.

But you can't use the entire  address space. Even though you have a  4GB address space, most people can only use *around* 3.1GB of RAM. That's because some of that space is used by hardware and is not available to the operating system and applications. The amount you can
use varies, depending on what hardware you have installed, but can range from as little as 2GB to as much as 3.5GB. It's usually around 3.1GB.
Note that the hardware is using the address *space*, not the actual RAM itself. If you have a greater amount of RAM, the rest of the RAM goes unused because there is no address space to map it to.

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Everytime i scan my computer with Norton av. I get a Stopcode memorymanagement and system Crashes, i have 6 GB of ram 

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currently have 16GB

If you only have W10 32-bit with that much RAM you could use the unused range for a RAM drive and paging space.

Heh.  Apparently neither BING nor Google like the term "RAM drive" and appear to prefer "RAM disk" instead.  Why?  Who knows?

https://www.howtogeek.com/171432/ram-disks-explained-what-they-are-and-why-you-probably-shouldnt-use-one/  

(Google search for

    create ("ram drive" OR "ram disk") on windows.10

)

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If you do have a smart use for a RAM disk, leave a comment — we’d like to know what people are actually using them for.

</quote>

  

Unfortunately nobody has left the obvious comment and there is so far no trace of 32-bit in the description.

  

FYI

Robert Aldwinckle
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I don't know how but I was not talking about ram disk thanks anyways.

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