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May 8, 2009

Running Windows 7 RC

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:20 am

Well I downloaded the newest version of Windows 7 (RC) and everything thing is running well.  Some aspects of my hardware I can’t control since APIC drivers don’t exist for Win7, and even the Vista versions don’t work with it. So now my PC runs at stock speeds, and I can’t over clock it (as if I need that) nor underclock; it so i can quite the fans down (it’s noisy!!)

The UI takes some getting used too.  I never used Vista very much at all, I’ve been using XP since forever so this is a big leap for me.  I’m also using the 64bit version of Win7, and while it does “see” all 4GB of RAM I have, it still says only 3.25GB is accessible.  I thought the 64bit version of Windows was supposed to overcome that?!?  I’m running on an Asus PQ5 motherboard and in it’s BIOS has a setting about the PCI remapping memory registers around this limit with having over 3.5GB of RAM.  I’m not sure if I need to enable or disable it.  Either way Win7 still acts as if I’m running 32bit Windows.

Also the product key I’m using is the same one I got when regisreting for the Windows 7 beta back in January.   I was able to get about 5 product keys, and the two I’ve used work fine, and activating windows had no problems.  Also all the product keys work with either 32 or 64 bit versions. Win7 RC will last one year which by then Windows 7 will be out in retail, and I’ll try to pick up a copy of it before my install dies off.  I’m sure I can score a student or OEM version for under $150.


  1. Let me guess: you have a 768MB graphics card?

    Comment by Morgen — May 11, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  2. Nope, I’m using a fairly standard PCIe XFX 8800 GT with 512mb. I’m using an Asus motherboard, and it’s really picky with it’s 6Engine software, it only seems to work if all your hardware was made by Asus.

    Comment by hugsalot — May 12, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  3. Hrm. I know I ran into it and through perusing forums I found out that it was because my RAM had to set aside memory to match my Graphics Card’s memory. It could also be the age-old memory hole issue. Perhaps try:

    Comment by Morgen — May 12, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    • I think you’re talking about either sharing RAM with video (which you find in laptops with integrated video) or AGP aperture size which dosen’t exist on PCIe systems. I’ve seen that “memory hole” thing in BIOs for years, i never understood what that was about, however it only applies if you’re around 15/16 megs of RAM (and I’m dealing with GIGs of RAM) so it’s something for much older 32bit operating systems.

      Comment by hugsalot — June 7, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  4. on a 32bit PC there’s only so much addressing registers that can be allocated for everything in your PC, this is why when you go past 3.25gb of system RAM on a windows PC it won’t let it happen since it still needs address registers to access your Video RAM. As far as I know this is irrelevant to how much RAM your video card has. 64Bit OSes allows more allocation addresses, so you should be able to access up to about 16TB before you run out of address registers to handle other things (i.e. video ram).

    Problem is I am running a 64bit OS (Windows 7) and it’s still showing a limitation about 3.25gb of RAM when looking at properties under Computer (Click Start button, right click over “Computer” and choose properties.) it says:

    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz
    Installed memory (RAM): 4.00 GB (3.25 GB usable)
    System type: 64-bit Operating System

    so.. WTF?

    Comment by hugsalot — May 16, 2009 @ 2:56 pm

  5. I have the same problem. Did you eventually come right?

    Comment by Shred — August 29, 2009 @ 1:37 am

    • Yeah, all you do is enable XP compatibility mode service pack 3 (under properties) on the six engine installer file you download from asus’ website.

      Comment by hugsalot — August 29, 2009 @ 11:38 am

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