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Windows 7: 32bit or 64bit

14 Apr 2012   #1
Willp789

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
32bit or 64bit

For this I would like reccomendations to weather I should use 32bit windows 7 or 64bit. I have 2GB of RAM and you can see my system specs for more info.


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14 Apr 2012   #2
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

32 bit will support until 3 gb ram. if you want to 64 bit you need to fill in with more ram.
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-...ating-systems/
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14 Apr 2012   #3
Willp789

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I'd like to know if my computer is capable of 64bit - will it be any better with it? I understand that 64bit takes more advantage of the ram and at the moment I use less than half of it!
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14 Apr 2012   #4
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

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14 Apr 2012   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

This will let you know if you are able to run 64its OS GRC*|*SecurAble: Determine Processor Security Features*|**
I would also recommend upgrading to at least 4GB of RAM, 2GB is the minimum for 64bit.
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14 Apr 2012   #6
Willp789

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Wow! I've downloaded Upgrade Advisor before you told me to! It says everything is fine for 64bit but I'd need to do a custom install... Why would this be???
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14 Apr 2012   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

True, going from 32 to 64 bit requires a new install, it can't be upgraded but you should be able to use your current validation key.
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14 Apr 2012   #8
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Gary's right. Custom Install Windows 7
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14 Apr 2012   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You definitely cannot upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit operating system, it has to be a clean install.

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

Unless you upgrade your RAM though, you won't see a lot of benefit.
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14 Apr 2012   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I suspect you'll need to create an install DVD. You can download an .iso image. Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life It will still need to be activated with your key.

It would appear your RAM can't be upgraded. http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/advent/laptop/9215.htm
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