Adventures in Windows (Vista)

Short post today… just had to share something amazingly ironic. Today I received all the parts for a beast of a machine (Asus Striker Extreme Motherboard, Core 2 Duo E6600, 4GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 880GTX, Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU, 2x500GB Disks in RAID 0). Gotta love — felt like Christmas in the summer time.

Anyhow, I have intentions of adding another 4GB or RAM in the not too distant future, and I’m kinda interested in keeping up with Bill, so I attempted to install Windows Vista Business Edition 64-bit. Here’s the fun part — it turns out that you can’t install any of Vista’s 64-bit editions if you have more than 3GB of RAM. You can add the additional RAM after the installation… but you just can’t have all that RAM when you install.

So you see the irony here. A compelling factor in choosing a 64-bit operating system is to access more than 4GB of memory — and you can’t install Microsoft’s newest 64-bit operating system if you have more than 3GB of memory.

Simply amazing.

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