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Score 35%
by Andre on Mon 5th Dec 2011 19:27 UTC
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I scored 35%.... but I switched to Linux ages ago.

But I want to comment on the 32 bit windows version memory question.

None of the answers is correct, as it lists 32 bit versions of windows 2000, xp, vista and 7.

windows 2000, and xp gold, xp sp1, supports PAE, and so has 36 bit memory space, and so supports over 4 GV

Starting with xp sp2, this 36 bit memory space has been disabled, and so it's limited to 32 bit memory space, resulting in max 4 GB, but usually around 3, depending on the adresses the hardware uses.

Since the situation is different on these versions, the correct answer is not listed.

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RE: Score 35%
by f0dder on Mon 5th Dec 2011 21:53 in reply to "Score 35%"
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None of the client 32bit OSes support more than 4GB of memory. I'm not sure if wink2 client version runs PAE, but if it does it's still limited to 4GB.

XP definitely does run PAE when available, but you're wrong wrt. XP, though (and I do believe the memory limits were changed in SP1 and not SP2).

Later-than-RTM XP still runs PAE (for NX-bit reasons), but it has changed "4GB physical memory supported "to lower 4GB physical memory". The reason is there's a crapload of extremely poorly written 32bit drivers... stuff like "hey, I'm a 32bit driver, I only need to bother with the 32bit PHYSICAL_ADDRESS.LowPart".

I'd say that "It depends on device memory allocations" is a close enough answer to the question, when you forget about XP RTM ;)

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RE: Score 35%
by lucas_maximus on Tue 6th Dec 2011 04:21 in reply to "Score 35%"
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32bit XP Service Pack 2 does not recognize over 3.5GB of memory.

What you are saying is true of Windows Server 2003 (we had 16gb per web server and 32bit OS).

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RE[2]: Score 35%
by Andre on Tue 6th Dec 2011 10:15 in reply to "RE: Score 35%"
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Windows Server 2003, yes, indeed it doesn't enforce this limit either, but also on the workstation releases prior to XP SP2.
Yes, it was in the license you are not allowed to use that much memory, but this limit wasn't enforced before.

And my reaction was limited to those versions listed/the workstation releases.

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