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  #2969608 18-Sep-2022 07:47
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Windows 7 will use the complete 8GB RAM, however each process is normally limited to 2GB.



This only ever applied to Intel IA-32 processors with memory controllers that used bank switching.  Basically everything up until P4.


Since W10 the per process memory limit has been at least 8TB.








my original question still stands: why does System Properties show system type x86 (not able to run 64-bit OS) when Microsoft data sheet says that processor is able to do that?





x86 is the common name for Intel's 8086 CPU architecture.    Nowdays x86 implies 32bit CPU (whereas x64 implies 64bit CPU) so System Properties is a little misleading.


Pretty much all Intel mobile/desktop CPU's released since ~2007 are 64bit (except Atom). Certainly the i5.


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  #2969632 18-Sep-2022 10:55
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That CPU will run 64bit fine, got 5 such systems sitting in my garage atm all with 64bit Windows 7 and will be upgraded to 10 if I decide to go that route. 



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  #2969685 18-Sep-2022 11:41
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I think in the 2.5 months since the question was posed, it's probably all been sorted.


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  #2969919 18-Sep-2022 20:23
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all sorted since then, thank you all for advice and feedback. The upgrade went just fine, 64-bit system was not a problem for the CPU.

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