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    simon
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    limitations

    Does windows have an limit to how many programs you have running at once or limit to the size of program you can run ?

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    gself
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    Re: limitations

    I have an additional (and related) question about maximums. A clerk in a local computer store told me the other day that Windows 98 can recognize as much RAM as I want to install, but only uses memory below 64M - so if I install more memory than that it will be wasted. I think she's full of * but wanted someone smarter than me to answer this. I've checked the Microsoft Website and found nothing about "maximim" memory (though plenty about minimum). It seems that if Windows can use hundreds of meg of virtual memory it should be able to use more then 64M of RAM.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: limitations

    Windows itself does not impose limits on the number of programs you can run, however, when you get over a certain point, your system will become unstable and crash.

    If you want to know how a specific program is effecting your machine, you can right-click on my computer, select properties, and click on the performance tab. Memory and System Resources will be the top two on the list there.

    Essentially, more memory = more system resources, which leads to our next discussion:
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    Re: limitations

    Frankly, she's full of bunk, and likely trying to get you to upgrade to Win2k or ME for the commissions.

    The only limits you have are hardware related. I.E. the number of slots you have for memory banks, and the amount of memory your motherboard/chipset will support. These details are hard to come-by, but 128MB RAM is the current standard, but is losing ground to higher capacities.

    An ideal system contains 128MB of RAM at a minimum, it increases your systems resources, making programs run faster and multi-tasking less of a hassle.

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