Windows 10 32bit 8GB RAM .... follow up.

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Following on from my previous question, this was the information I was given ...

"So in order to be able to run Windows 10 (or Windows 8/8.1), you need a processor that supports PAE, NX, and SSE2. Without this, your Windows 10 fun comes to an end.

PAE gives 32-bit processors the ability to use more than 4 GB of physical memory on capable versions of Windows, and is a prerequisite for NX."

Does that mean 32bit processors can run 64bit Win 10, and use 8GB RAM but my 64bit processor can't use 8GB on Win 10 32bit?

I'm confused!!!


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Please create an account and actually reply to your original thread to maintain continuity and keep things relatively clean next time.

32-bit processors (older ones) simply cannot run 64-bit Windows.

64-bit capable processors can run BOTH 32 and 64 bit installs of Windows.

64 bit installs of Windows are required to handle more than ~3 GB of RAM.

In short, if either the processor only supports 32-bit or the Windows is 32-bit, you aren't going to be able to use 8 GB.

In the former case you'll need a newer processor which probably entails a newer PC. in the latter case you will have to reinstall windows with 64 bit installation media.

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