1. What is the max RAM a 32 bit process can access in a 64bit OS? It is 2 gigs or full 4 gigs?
  2. Is there a way to make it access more maybe by enabling PAE on process level?


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    It all comes down to whatever your specific OS gives the process, and I don't see a tag specifying what OS you're asking about. – Brian Knoblauch Dec 9 '09 at 17:36

Most applications will only have access to 2Gb when running on WOW64, however if the 32 bit application has the IMAGE_FILE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE flag set then it will be allocated 4Gb of virtual address space, if it does not then it will only get 2.

See this article for more details.


A 32bit process on a 64Bit OS can address a full 4 gigs of memory. Sorry I don't have any links to back this up but prior to doing IT I ran a graphics department doing 3d animation and compositing and ran many 32bit processes on 64bit OS's.

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