"I think buying more than 4GB of RAM would be a waste of money for most tech 
writers."

I disagree 100%. It's not just the specific application(s) you run, but also 
how you work, that determines how much RAM is useful.

If you only ever run a single word-processing application, then yes, more would 
be a waste. However, if you are a rampant multitasker, as I am, where you have 
a desktop pub application, word processing, Excel, a half dozen browser 
windows, etc., running simultaneously, system RAM is essential for 
responsiveness and to avoid virtual memory swapping.

IMO, there are 3 main things one can do to breathe life into older desktop 
computer hardware to make it feel more responsive:

1. Upgrade the OS to 64-bit, in conjunction with:
2. Increase RAM, if supported, to 8GB or 16GB*
3. Replace the boot drive with an SSD. This one single upgrade, more than any 
other, can result in doubling or tripling the apparent speed of a computer 
system, due to the minimized seek times that SSDs offer. SSDs are no longer 
nearly as pricey on a per-GB basis as they once were.

I've taken 5+ year old laptops and desktops, swapped in SSDs, and people 
thought they got new computers... it's THAT big of an improvement.

* Be careful on the RAM limitations depending on the version of Windows you 
have installed. Microsoft made the consumer-unfriendly decision with Windows 7 
that you needed to have Windows 7 Professional rather than Home to access more 
than 16GB of RAM. This restriction was removed in Windows 8.

Dan Harding
Technical Editorial Specialist
University of Illinois Tax School
419 Mumford Hall
1301 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
217-333-0935


-----Original Message-----
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com 
[mailto:framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston
Sent: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:50 PM
To: framers@lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Re: Compatibility of old(ish) Software with Windows 7

I think buying more than 4GB of RAM would be a waste of money for most tech 
writers.

The only thing I've done in my work where I've needed more than 4GB is testing 
server applications with large memory footprints. The rest of the time I'm not 
using even half my 4GB.

Outside of work I run music software that's extremely memory-intensive and 4GB 
on 32-bit is not a bottleneck.

On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM, Syed Zaeem Hosain
(syed.hos...@aeris.net) <syed.hos...@aeris.net> wrote:
> On a modern computer/laptop of the past few years, which are usually fully 
> 64-bit capable and _usually_ have more than 4GB of main memory, installing 
> Windows 7 32-bit is silly and wasteful. You end up not using the memory above 
> 4GB (actually, less, since the graphics cards and stuff also take up some of 
> the low-memory in a 32-bit OS load), etc., etc., etc.
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