Agreed that 2GB is seriously deficient. However, since you are on a 32-bit version of Vista, you won't get any benefit by installing 8GB since the OS will only recognize 3GB. So I'd suggest you upgrade to 4GB at least -- even though you'll only have 3GB available for programs. That would be the very least I'd suggest.
But, frankly, I'd upgrade to a 64-bit system (Win7) and 8GB of RAM. You will see a serious increase in performance all around.
Brett & Rusty ...
Thanks for the suggestions; more RAM would certainly be helpful.
What is interesting is that I've exported many photos [often in batches] with LR4 without issues; it is only when I started applying develop settings to the exported photos did I start getting the out of memory dialogs. Maybe related?
But no doubt that upgrading the PC to a 64 bit box would be the thing to do; maybe after Win 8 gets final release.
Frankly, I wouldn't wait for Win 8. It is designed primarily for a touch-screen experience similar to tablets and smart phones. While Win 7 is also not very well thought of, I'd still go with it over Win 8. I use Win 7 on one of my laptops and on a partition on my iMac (it's for programs I need but cannot get for Mac). I'm not unhappy with it at all.
Sorry to hear that mangray. It seems 64-bit is the key. With 32-bit you are not using the full 4GB of RAM. It is important that besides having a 64-bit OS you also need a platform (i.e., computer) that supports 64-bit. Adobe has not hidden anything regarding the 64-bit necessity for LR4. They did accommodate those on Windows 32-bit machines running Vista and up (nothing for 32-bit Mac users). But they did not promise a bed of roses. Technology is ever advancing and that includes the platforms.
This are the official ADOBE spec.
- Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
- Microsoft® Windows Vista® with Service Pack 2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1
- 2GB of RAM
- 1GB of available hard-disk space
- 1024x768 display
- DVD-ROM drive
- Internet connection required for Internet-based services*
Premiere, Photoshop etc runs fine, my friend have a similar System it runs
better, no Error
I export only one Picture in LR4 and its come Not Enough Memory.
I export in LR3.6 120 Pictures and works fine!!!!
OP - But no doubt that upgrading the PC to a 64 bit box would be the thing to do; maybe after Win 8 gets final release.
No reason to wait. Windows 7 is an absolutely brilliant OS, and Win8 is basically Win7 with a new mobile interface added on top of it (that can easily be turned off).
Rusty - While Win 7 is also not very well thought of
Where? No way.
This are the official ADOBE spec.
Like a "two-person" tent. Minimum specs should not be taken seriously.
I'll offer a little more input here ...
I've been watching memory usage [with Task Manager]; normally, total memory in use will stay under 1.6 GB; but for some reason, if I work continuously in LR4 [going back and forth between Library and Map] placing photos on a map background, after a while, memory usage will then start to creep upwards towards 1.9 GB.
From my past experiences testing demanding software for software manufacturing companies, this behavior is often suggestive of a memory leak within the [LR4] application.
I understand that, on 32 bit machines, LR4 is coded so as not use more than 1 GB RAM, so a creep up in memory use [only LR4 in use] might indicate some buffer clearing is not always working as expected?
I'm having the exact same problem, and I'm running 16gb physical memory (32bit Win7). I'm having the same problem with 4.0 and RC 4.1. I've uninstalled and am dropping back to 3.6. I'll just wait until this beta testing phase is over and the real release version comes out (Version 4.5?). It's too much hassle for me to pay adobe to do their beta testing for them.