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Can I use more ram if I change the operating system

Posted on 2011-04-21
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I have a Dell 400 Vostro and currently have windows XP 32 bit operating system. If I change
the operating system to a Vista or Windows 7 with 64 bit operating system will my computer
reconize 6gb of ram? And if yes would my drivers and such be able to handle the upgrade from

Question by:bigpro2011
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Yes, it would be able to use 6GB, however, your system only supports a max of 4GB of RAM:
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One other problem is since Dell never shipped the 400 with a 64-bit OS, they don't have 64-bit drivers for the hardware in a 400.  Since you can't put more than 4GB in it, it would be kind of pointless to go to a 64-bit OS, but if you decided you wanted to, you would be in for an adventure tracking down drivers for your devices from various device manufacturers and/or other similar Dell computers that use the same devices AND have 64-bit drivers available.

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