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have memory,want to make more of it ram

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  • Started 1 year ago by needageek6
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needageek6
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the short version is that i have

AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual processor 4200+
2.2 ghz 1.93 gb ram

when i right click properties i have 33.9GB used and 264GB available
memory was added a long time ago
i never learned how to tell the computer to use more memory for RAM

I have found system properties, advanced, performance-visual effects, advanced, virtual memory

this is where I THINK I should tell my computer I want 8 GB of RAM used out of my avail memory.

I need 8 to run the set of programs i need to start working with. yesterday :(
I also need to make my XP into Windows 7.

Ultimately what i need is my xp to be a 7
my ram to be 8 with 50gb free space for use
64bit

so far i have figured out i need to clean install... i thik
i have saved everything to my portable harddrive
no clue where my xp start ups are but since i need 7 i dont know if i need them anyway.

i have hacked at my cmputer for 2 days. i need help

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whs
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You are confusing memory (RAM) and disk space. Your 264GB of available is disk space. The best you can do is to increase the size of the pagefile. But that will probably not do you much good.

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needageek6
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...crap soooo the max size is 4092 right now.... how high can i go? i do have a terabyte portable hard drive. can that be made into ram? i dont care if its ungodly slow, just has to work for a little bit.

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needageek6
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i meant the max size in the virtual memory field

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whs
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You cannot make disk space into RAM. Those are two completely different facilities.

If you are looking to speed up the system, you can put the OS on a SSD - if it is a desktop, in addition to the HDD, if it is a laptop, in lieu of the HDD.

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raphoenix
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Set the Page File to "System Managed" and reboot.

That will take care of your needs with XP 32 Bit system.

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whs
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Rick, the confusion comes from the loose usage of the word 'memory'. I have been cruisading for years against the usage of the word memory for disk space.

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raphoenix
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Ya, the new OPs get it confused all the time.

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