Resolving Windows® 7 Memory Recognition Problem
Is the Windows 7 installed on your system not recognizing all of the memory installed? Find out how to solve the problem.
Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft. This OS comes pre-installed with very large numbers of features such as Windows Defender, Windows Aero, Windows Gadgets and so on. Windows 7 is also more stable compared to other previous Windows based operating systems. However, there are some issues that might come up with the use of Windows 7. Some of the common problems that Windows 7 users might face include blue screen errors, application corruption, hardware malfunction, run time errors, OS not recognizing installed memory on the system. The Windows 7 not recognizing the full amount of memory installed on the system is a common problem that can be solved very easily. There might be many reasons as to why Windows 7 installed on your system is recognizing less memory installed. These include malware infections within the system, problems with some of the system files on the OS, memory not seated properly into the system, installation of memory more than what the chipset can support, problems with Physical Address Extension settings etc.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information regarding tips to solve Windows 7 not recognizing full memory installed on the system problem:
- Check PAE settings
- Verify system configuration
- Reinsert physical memory
Check PAE settings
Windows 7 has some settings known as PAE or Physical Address Extension settings. These settings determine the maximum amount of memory that the OS can support/recognize. If the PAE settings on your Windows 7 system is limited to a specific amount, then the OS would not recognize the excess memory installed on the system. Such problems can be resolved by checking the PAE settings in the advanced tab of system configuration utility (can be accessed by typing 'msconfig' in run window) and unchecking maximum memory.
Verify system configuration
Some hardware configurations of certain computers do not support very large amounts of memory. All Windows 7 users facing the system not recognizing installed memory problem are advised to check the hardware configuration of the system and make sure that their chipset supports the installed amount of memory. If the chipset does not support the memory installed, users would have to perform a hardware upgrade to solve the issue.
Majority of all computers come with dual channel memory slots. This means that instead of one memory sticks there would be two slots for inserting the memory. If one of the physical memory sticks inserted on your Windows 7 system are loose or not secure, then the system would not recognize the full amount of memory. Windows 7 users having memory recognition issues are advised to check the memory sticks and if they are found loose or insecure, reinsert the sticks to solve the issue.
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