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RAM vs Vista

I'm looking at buying a laptop that has 4GB of RAM however I've been told that if the computer's operating system is Vista Home Premium the computer will only use 3GB of RAM. Is this true? DIf so does this mean that the extra 1GB is 'wasted'? Is there a solution?

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I suggest to wait the sp1 of vista that can improve the system
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