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Is it harmfull to have more RAM than XP will recognise installed?

By Robin997 ยท 4 replies
Mar 29, 2009
  1. hello there!

    i have recently bought 4GB DDR2 RAM to replace my single old 1GB stick.

    However, i understand XP 32 bit will only recognise and use around 3GB, so when i install my 4GB of RAM, will it be harmfull to my pc having more RAM installed than the OS can handle???

    any replies appriciated.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,482   +44

    no. its not harmful at all.
  3. iMoose

    iMoose TS Rookie Posts: 57

    I thought it was a good idea, I maxed-out my laptop with 4GB. Now I know I'm done upgrading, that aspect at least.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Actually the only "harm" (other than slightly extra power requirements for extra Ram cards)
    Is, many users have stated that when or if they re-install Windows, their computer has faulted
    But removing the extra Ram cards (back to default) before running Windows setup has cured this
    Now this is only from what I have seen myself and from other members stating the same
    I can only conclude it is something to do with OEM installs being usually Windows restore images.
  5. AudioVayne

    AudioVayne TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Well what's the worst that could happen? Really? Any why did you get a 4Gig stick? Does your machine only have one RAM slot?
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