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Windows 7: 64 Bit Versus 32 Bit, A Forum For The Differences

View Poll Results: Which version do you prefer?
32 Bit 3 5.17%
64 Bit 55 94.83%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

17 Sep 2013   #11
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Perhaps obviously, the difference comes out more when you are doing graphic intensive things with more RAM (large tv for movies, gaming, Photoshop...). If you don't, there may be little difference.

Using 64bit may be the better option if ever you think you desire to upgrade to more than 4GB RAM. 4GB RAM is pretty common in standard machines, and I've noticed that software becomes unbearably slow when using 2GB RAM. Although installing SSDs will give you a huge boost in speed that may be more noticeable.

Let's put it this way: There is no reason not to use 64bit. And by the way the poll is going, I think most will agree


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18 Sep 2013   #12
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The biggest difference, and the one why 64 bit systems were developed, is that 64 bit systems provide a much larger private virtual address space to native applications. That is 8192 GB instead of 2 GB. This is an enormous advantage for some types of applications. And that 8192 GB is a limit imposed because of practical considerations. This could be increased in future 64 bit systems.

Please understand that all of the above is completely independent of how much RAM you have.
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18 Sep 2013   #13
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Norwood View Post

Throw ina shit-ton of G.Skill Ripjaws and a 750 watt power supply with an OCZ Vertex SSD for a system drive and I've got a nice speedy OS experience.
I know that you are very cool and all of that, but please keep the language clean. This is a family forum.
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18 Sep 2013   #14
Vegas

Windows 7
 
 

Normally have 5-10 apps open all the time plus some remote desktop sessions.
Running Autodesk Inventor (CAD). 6-7GB of ram used at any given time is normal.

64 bit and never look back.
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18 Sep 2013   #15
Nemix

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I've always found the 32-bit version runs faster for general tasks like email, web surfing and videos on systems with less than 4GB ram; Windows 32-bit plays better with 32-bit native software (which accounts for 99.9% of software available).

Windows 64-bit is better for multitasking, newer games (even though most games are 32-bit native), photo/video editing and software that have 64-bit native counterparts on systems that have a 64-bit capable CPU and more than 4GB ram.

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18 Sep 2013   #16
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

As a commercial/industrial user, I have had some programs not compatible with x64. All other 5 PCs are x32.
The x64 is about to be downgraded (or upgraded, depending on your take) to x32.
My problem is that some of my specialist programs cost an arm and a leg. (5 figures)
If it works why fix it ?
Free Revouninstaller cannot "see" x64 programs, so falling back onto Windows add/remove leaves a lot of junk on the PC.
Maybe for gamers x64 does matter, I wouldn't know.
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19 Sep 2013   #17
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

There are some compatibility issues between office 32 and 64 bit (especially older versions), but using 64 bit office on a like computer may improve performance quite a bit. I would guess that eventually we won't have compatibility issues when everything is running 64 bit. Seems everything is moving toward 64 bit, so if you are using legacy programs, you may have to spend that extra gold to upgrade soon anyway. I would say that perhaps there is no reason to rush to it, though.
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19 Sep 2013   #18
Norwood

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Norwood View Post

Throw ina shit-ton of G.Skill Ripjaws and a 750 watt power supply with an OCZ Vertex SSD for a system drive and I've got a nice speedy OS experience.
I know that you are very cool and all of that, but please keep the language clean. This is a family forum.
The terrible graphic language aside, what are you taking a shot at me for?
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19 Sep 2013   #19
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Norwood View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Norwood View Post

Throw ina shit-ton of G.Skill Ripjaws and a 750 watt power supply with an OCZ Vertex SSD for a system drive and I've got a nice speedy OS experience.
I know that you are very cool and all of that, but please keep the language clean. This is a family forum.
The terrible graphic language aside, what are you taking a shot at me for?
My point exactly..................
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19 Sep 2013   #20
scr

1. Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit 2. Windows 7 Pro sp1 - 64bit
 
 

I ended up with 64 bit because I thought that it was the up and coming thing, not really.

To be completely honest I wanted the fastest computer I could afford. It just happened to be 64 bit with 5 gigs of RAM - 4.75 usable, a dual AMD processor at 3.4GHz.

To me it is lightening fast as I moved up from a 10 year old 32 bit XP OS machine with 1 gig of RAM running at 1.8 GHz.

Of course it's nothing compared to some of the systems talked about on these forums. But I'm happy, at least for now.
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