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Maximum RAM capacity for Inspiron N4010

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I have an Inspiron N4010 (running Windows 7 Home Premium) and need to upgrade the RAM.  I noticed in a different post someone stated the maximum memory for this model is 8gb.  However, I read on (full link below) that systems running Windows 7 Home Premium should be expandable up to 16gb of RAM.  Anyone know which is correct?  Thanks!

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  • Hi TimGocha,

    Dell Inspiron N4010 is compatible with maximum 8 GB memory.

    NOTE: Only 64-bit operating systems can detect memory capacities greater than 4 GB.

    Thanks & Regards
    Manshu S

  • Thanks for your reply Manshu.  My Inspiron N4010 is running a 64-bit system (Windows 7 Home Premium) - so the operating system theoretically could handle 16gb of RAM, but the computer itself can only handle up to 8gb?  Do I understand that correctly?


  • Hi TimGocha,


    The following table specifies the limits on physical memory for Windows 7.

    VersionLimit on X86Limit on X64
    Windows 7 Ultimate

    4 GB

    192 GB

    Windows 7 Enterprise

    4 GB

    192 GB

    Windows 7 Professional

    4 GB

    192 GB

    Windows 7 Home Premium

    4 GB

    16 GB

    Windows 7 Home Basic

    4 GB

    8 GB

    Windows 7 Starter

    2 GB


    X86 means 32-bit

    Thanks & Regards
    Manshu S

  • The OS can support that much RAM but the computer itself may not. Windows 7 Professional/Ultimate 64 bit can support 192 GB of RAM for example but few computers have the capability for that much RAM:

    Crucial and Dell bot state the maximum to be 8 GB. Sometimes more can be installed  e.g. I installed 4 GB in my Inspiron 6400 which had a "maximum" of 2 GB and could use 3.25 GB of RAM.

    See here:

    Philip Yip


    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.

  • what CPU is in the system? All of the Core i series have their own built in memory controllers and the max memory installable will be in most cases determined by that. For example Dell States that Vostro 3450 supports 8GB but in reality it supports up to 16GB with the dual core i7 2640 (that max supported ram for that CPU)

  • Hi Manshu,

    I own Dell Inspiron N4010 but win Win 8 Version 6.2 Build 9200. This i guess must be the Home basic version. So please tell me, what is the max RAM this can support?

  • 8G.

  • Hi, Thanks for the reply. but since my OS is just 32 bit, is it confirmed that i can upgarde to upto 8GB? There are a few sites which kept saying that for 32 bit its only 4GB whereas for 64 bit its 8GB.

    Please clarify. Thanks

  • 32-bit Windows is limited to 4G or less.  However, if it's the Windows 8 shipped by Dell, it's 64-bit.  

  • Wrong. You know nothing about system architectures.

    You based your information on "2^32 means it can only address 4GB". That's stupid. It's POSSIBLE to design a kernel that uses a 32-bit processor to address unlimited RAM, it's just stupid and not worth the effort. Some systems even support that. They have for quite awhile (perhaps the 2007 timeframe?). Since your post is from Dec 2012 this indicates you have a cursory education in technology.

    Please refrain from providing "tech counsel" on topics you aren't intricately familiar with.

    MIPS32- supports up to 64GB RAM (
    The old ass Pentium-Pro (

  • The question was about Windows 7 and not Linux. If you find a way to install more than 8 GB of Ram and utilise it with 32 Bit Windows 7 then please enlighten us.

    Philip Yip


    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.

  • Easy:

    Physical Address Extension

    Physical Address Extension (PAE) is a processor feature that enables x86 processors to access more than 4 GB of physical memory on capable versions of Windows. Certain 32-bit versions of Windows Server running on x86-based systems can use PAE to access up to 64 GB or 128 GB of physical memory, depending on the physical address size of the processor.

    System Support for PAE

    PAE is supported only on the following 32-bit versions of Windows running on x86-based systems:

    • Windows 7 (32 bit only)
    • Windows Server 2008 (32-bit only)
    • Windows Vista (32-bit only)
    • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit only)
    • Windows XP (32-bit only)


    Also note my message was specifically for the person's post immediately before mine which specifically implied ALL 32-bit Windows-based systems were limited to 4GB and NOT only Windows 7. It's still true that Win95/98/ME cannot, sadly, address > 4GB Crying

    But thanks for trying to "challenge my authoritah". You're welcome to try again if you want. Cool