Will Windows 7 32 bit edition support 8 GB RAM?
I have a brand new machine at work, i7 quad core with 8GB of ram. Mainly, I use it to develop JAVA applications using Eclipse.
I have to choose an operating system. Unfortunately, it has to be a flavor of Windows, and it has to be 32 bit in order to connect to my company's network.
I've been told that if I install Windows 7 32bit, that I will loose the use of some of the RAM and that instead of 8GB, I will effectively have about 4GB.
2 Questions: Is this true - will Windows 7, 32 bit OS give me less RAM to use?
Is there any flavor of 32 bit Windows that will let me have the use of 8GB of RAM.
If I had a choice I would probably take 8GB running Windows XP over 4GB running Windows 7.