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I'm running Windows 7 64bit, originally installed on my Samsung Slate 7 (it has 4 GB RAM). Swap is disabled.

Recently Windows has started to show me a low memory warning on about 3GB of RAM usage. I've disabled that warning, using an advice from the Internet. Now programs are failing with typical out of RAM symptoms at 3.2 GB.

Why won't Windows use the last gigabyte of RAM? According Task Manager there's a cache in that gig, but shouldn't Windows replace the cache with apps when demanded?

Note: when swap is enabled, the system freezes very frequently and this is another problem.

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It's not clear what you're saying. What do you mean by "about 3GB of RAM usage"? Is some tool reporting that? If so, what tool? And what precisely is it reporting? What do you mean by "at 3.2 GB"? And what do you mean by "a cache in that gig"? Which panel of task manager is telling you that and what exactly is it saying? (And by the way, you should create a paging file, at least 2GB. Not having it forces Windows to make some very bad decisions, even if it would never use it. You should figure out the freezing problem first.) –  David Schwartz Jan 15 '13 at 16:45
Your video card is probably eating up some of that last GB. –  b.pell Jan 15 '13 at 16:46
Windows can’t replace the cache with apps because you’ve disabled swap. –  kinokijuf Jan 15 '13 at 17:11
I have 16GB in my Windows 7 box, so Windows 7 certainly does NOT have a 3.2 of 4GB limit. Which means you have a shared graphics device. –  Ramhound Jan 15 '13 at 17:35
@Mokubai the referenced question is an issue with 32-bit OS's while the OP is running a 64-bit architecture. –  KronoS Jan 15 '13 at 19:31

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The "missing" RAM is probably allocated to your video card (and possibly other hardware - though usually the video card is what sucks a big chunk of ram).

In fact here it says http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/tablet-pcs/XE700T1A-A03US-specs:


Graphic Chip Intel® HD Graphics 3000

Maximum Graphics Memory Shared

My recommendation is to enable swap and insert a SD card (16GB or 32GB) and tell Windows to use readyboost on the SD card. This doesn't magically give you more RAM, but I believe it should help with the freezing.

A reinstall with a store copy may help with your memory situation - I know they like to have a lot of bloat.

Also if the internet (or someone) is telling you to ignore warnings or errors - it's probably the wrong thing to do.

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On a typical computer, an integrated GPU is the only peripheral that shares any significant amount of RAM. (You may be thinking about use of low address space that's significant for 32-bit operating systems. But 64-bit operating systems can use the remapped memory, so the memory isn't taken or lost.) –  David Schwartz Jan 15 '13 at 17:21

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