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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

19 Sep 2013   #21
x BlueRobot

 

I'm sure there's no actual performance difference between the two operating system architectures, if you ran them both on the same hardware etc.

x64 have better security features like Kernel Patch Protection.


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20 Sep 2013   #22
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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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.
If you ever want to speed your machine more, get an SSD. They are getting very cheap and the speed difference is amazing.
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20 Sep 2013   #23
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I suppose it depends on what this system is on,
If you don't care about battery consumption get a 64 bit system/ Lappy.
I find very little difference in 32 or 64 bit/ 32 bit processes are primarily used on both/ See developers for why they have not designed solely 64 bit apps.
Disk space is also a consideration.
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20 Sep 2013   #24
scr

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
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.
If you ever want to speed your machine more, get an SSD. They are getting very cheap and the speed difference is amazing.
So I hear. I have one as the third item on my wish list. 1st is a larger Power supply and 2nd is better graphics.

I don't think I will be doing any of the above for a while. I finally retired at 68 and I'm watching my funds for a little while to see how things go.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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20 Sep 2013   #25
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

My vote is for x32 Win-7

Earlier this year PC supplier/tech told me all x32 apps will work on x64. Not true.
Several $$$ engineering apps do not work on x64, nor does the significant-other's big-deal-astrology app, like x64.
Metapad x64 is still beta after (I think it is 2 or 3 years). My can't-live-without text reader.
On my daughters new x64 OS Dell Inspiron (8 weeks old), MS Office 2010 boxed as x32/x64, installs itself as x32 ... so much for MS pushing x64.
Tech also insisted 14 months ago that he could not get Win7 x32 -- also not true.
Four weeks ago I bought 4 (legit) new OEMs of Win7 x32.
After years of mediocre tech people -- I have decided to be my own tech.
Now I am a regular on "sevenforums.com" ... training wheels and all ... to learn!

When it comes to VBA addins -- x64 OS has created major problems. I have about 80 VBA addins I have written over the past 15 years. and because there is an additional numeric data-type (required for x64) I cannot run my x32 addins in x64 apps without some run time errors.
At 68 I do not have the time nor inclination to rewrite all my addins.

Of my PCs ...
  • XP-x32 is 2003 custom (never on web) is a dependable workhorse (AutoCad), never a problem.
  • XP-x32 Acer Laptop 2007 -- has always been a dog of a machine from day one. Now in mothballs until I load Win7-x32 onto it (Came originally with Vista, on a machine design for XP, later cleaned installed with XP) . Web connection has not helped.
  • XP-x32 2008 custom (never on web) 2xHDDs brilliant machine (AutoCad), never a problem.
  • Win7-x32 Toshiba laptop 2012, web only, no work related apps, excellent performance. More stable than the Acer, although exposure to the web is starting to "leak" into its slight problems.
  • Win7-x64 2013 custom (never on web) 1xSSD + 1x HDD -- lightning fast boot, but no better than x32 in performance. Of course improved hardware does help. Some x32 apps have some problems. Not prepared to spend $25,000 on new software
    To be up/downgraded to Win-7 x32
  • Win8-x64 Dell -- OS a nightmare for commercial use. I am learning to downgrade to Win7-x64.
    (x64 because Win7-64 came with Win8-x64). An agonizing process for me and all the helpers on this sevenforums.com

If I played games maybe x64 would be desirable. For now I am happy with x32.
Why fix something that isn't broken!
My work life started in punch-card main frames (I am a dinosaur) and then 256kb Amstrad word processor.
The more bells and whistles that are added to OS'es the more PC grunt is required.
When x64 bit first came out over 10 years ago it was to be the next big thing. It hasn't happened but no doubt like petrol/gas engines x32 will become obsolete. x64 is not a must-have for me.

And for the x64 fan-boys ... your kids will mock you when they are using xZillion bit and you are still in love with your x64 Win-7/Win-8

Life is about balance ... and I have a life outside of gadgets and work.
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21 Sep 2013   #26
Norwood

 
 

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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..................
Ok. I'm game.

What point? I made no point on your behalf. I posed a question. A question you failed to answer, such is the way of the coward.
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22 Sep 2013   #27
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

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Ok. I'm game.

What point? I made no point on your behalf. I posed a question. A question you failed to answer, such is the way of the coward.
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22 Sep 2013   #28
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
If you run Virtual Machines then 64 bit is the only realistic option --Virtual machines consume a lot of RAM - with a 32 bit machine under normal circumstances your HOST + GUEST can only together see 4GB RAM -- even though a 32 bit HOST can run a 64 bit guest (under specific conditions and the CPU must be 64 bit capable).

If you want to run a few concurrent VM's 64 bit HOST is the only realistic option.

There's no problem running 32 bit applications though on a 64 bit Host --I am for instance am running 32 bit version of Office 2010.

Cheers
jimbo
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22 Sep 2013   #29
tinmar49

w7 ult 64 and w7 hp 64 X 2 mint 64 8.1 64 10wtp 64
 
 

For most uses you don't see much difference, a 64 bit machine can also run most 32 bit software but cannot run old 16 bit. So if old software is useful to you, 32 bit Windows can run 16 bit. I run multiple booting with 8 gb of ram and the 32 bit W7 ultimate only see's 3.25 gb but it runs well. As others have mentioned, using an SSD will more than make up for the smaller amount of usable ram. As for adding ram to a 64 bit machine it seems that 8gb is the sweet spot, extra ram may not speed things up much.
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23 Sep 2013   #30
Norwood

 
 

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Ok. I'm game.

What point? I made no point on your behalf. I posed a question. A question you failed to answer, such is the way of the coward.
Didn't think so. I was sure pressing a bunch of smilies was all that you had upstairs.
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