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Windows 7: 64bit VS 32bit

04 Oct 2010   #21
arkhi

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

What about the security advantages of 64-bit?


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05 Oct 2010   #22
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

No real security advantages in x64 over x32 at this time. Both OS versions are just as likely to have issues, as most viruses target the weakness inherent in the x32 bit side of the OS.
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05 Oct 2010   #23
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
What about the security advantages of 64-bit?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keiichi25 View Post
No real security advantages in x64 over x32 at this time. Both OS versions are just as likely to have issues, as most viruses target the weakness inherent in the x32 bit side of the OS.
A 64-bit OS is more secure than a 32-bit OS.

Read here - Windows 32-bit vs 64-bit: Which is More Secure?

And here - 64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums

There's a sticky on 32 vs 64-bit Comparisons here - http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...omparison.html
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05 Oct 2010   #24
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by arkhi View Post
What about the security advantages of 64-bit?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keiichi25 View Post
No real security advantages in x64 over x32 at this time. Both OS versions are just as likely to have issues, as most viruses target the weakness inherent in the x32 bit side of the OS.
A 64-bit OS is more secure than a 32-bit OS.

Read here - Windows 32-bit vs 64-bit: Which is More Secure?

And here - 64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums

There's a sticky on 32 vs 64-bit Comparisons here - http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...omparison.html
Reading that article, I have to contend against it as it states that it has prevention from unsigned drivers and rootkits, but when you go into our security forums, rootkits still exist for Win7 x64 users as well as people having to find ways to get certain drivers that aren't necessarily signed to get things going and still having BSODs or instabilities.

Again, there isn't really that much improvement security wise between 32 and 64, in my opinion.
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05 Oct 2010   #25
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Keiichi25 View Post
Again, there isn't really that much improvement security wise between 32 and 64, in my opinion.
There is definitely an improvement over x86, but that doesn't mean it is bullet-proof. Despite what the pro-Mac people will tell you, no system is 100% secure. It's just that x64 is more secure than x86.
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05 Oct 2010   #26
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

@ Keiichi25

No one said it was bullet proof. They are prone to getting BSOD's, viruses, and Trojans just like their 32-bit counterpart. However, they are inherently more secured than a 32-bit OS by design.

In the end it's the user who plays a major role in the security of any computer system.

My two cents
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05 Oct 2010   #27
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

The user bears a lot of responsibility for security, but on a network they need constraints.. What's the first thing I do for my personal Win 7 systems? Disable UAC. I would not do that for anyone else.
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09 Oct 2010   #28
yowanvista

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

32bit OS is dying, more people are using x64 which is more reliable
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09 Oct 2010   #29
Leopard

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64, via Bootcamp.
 
 

A x64 OS is simply more advanced and a full step ahead of any x86 OS. The main concern should be compatibility. If you hardware supports, has the drivers for, and fully utilizes a x64 OS (i3, i5, i7; 4GiB RAM+), then the only reason to not use it would be because a very specific program requires a x86 OS. Otherwise... go for x64.
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09 Oct 2010   #30
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Those of us that have a 64 bit system IMHO shouldn't set back and think we are safer. When sales of Windows 7/64 grow the bad people will be working on bad things for us. Security is not a after thought it is my first thought.
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