Interesting read about 32bit using more than 4GB ram(18 posts)
The Why? Answered.
Microsoft Windows implements PAE if booted with the appropriate option, but current 32-bit desktop editions enforce the physical address space within 4GB even in PAE mode. According to Geoff Chappell, Microsoft limits 32-bit versions of Windows to 4GB as a matter of its licensing policy, and Microsoft Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich says that some drivers were found to be unstable when encountering physical addresses above 4GB.
[ Unofficial kernel patches for Windows Vista and Windows 7 32-bit are available that break this enforced limitation, though the stability is not guaranteed. ]
Physical Address Extension (PAE)
Yes, but it is just the app that doesn't work, since it has been designed to replace the win7 kernel. Should be possible to adapt the vista one, but not looking in to this right now.
I will be interested though if someone else get's hold of the appropriate vista SP2 kernel :D. I always have an image at hand, so in that case I'd give it a shot.
And yes, I know, I'm being lazy with computers at the moment <LOL>.
I have a new job, a litter of pups and just bought me a stack of books I want to read.
So the pc is just being used at the moment, no messing with it, since it looks pretty darn good as it is :)))
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