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Windows 7: 64-bit slower than 32-bit..?


25 Oct 2009   #1
Exodus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
64-bit slower than 32-bit..?

Hey guys,

Today I switched from 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit Windows 7, I have a 64-bit processor and 3GB of RAM, I know I technically couldve stayed on 32-bit but I thought well what the hell, I could do with formatting anyway. So I did it, and now it seems to be going just as slow as before on 32-bit...apart from I had a lot of stuff before.
So do you think I should go back to 32-bit? Or am I doing something wrong? Or do I simply just think its slower?

I dont mind formatting again, I have everything backed up already so its no major issue at all and id rather go through the hour of not using my laptop in order to make it faster in the long run.

Any opinions?

Thanks in advance


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25 Oct 2009   #2
infested999

 
 

I have never ran a 64-bit OS before o.O

Is 64 really supposed to be that much faster than a 32 bit OS? Because i don't think that just a OS can make a big difference.
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25 Oct 2009   #3
Exodus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The difference isnt just an OS
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25 Oct 2009   #4
hacku

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Read this article to understand the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit OS'. The article is for Vista but it's the same for Windows 7.

A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
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25 Oct 2009   #5
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unless you run apps that are natively 64-bit you aren't likely going to notice any speed difference whatsoever on 64-bit versus 32-bit. People seem to "believe" there is going to be a very noticeable speed gain...but this is simply not the case 99% of the time for average home use. It's when you use things like 64-bit databases and 64-bit mail servers (exchange) and 64-bit video encoders and such where the speed benefits are noticeable
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25 Oct 2009   #6
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have been running 64 bit and 32 bit for 18 months. The 64 bit system is definetly not slower. It can also utilize more ram so it will be faster if you add more. It's probably imagined or maybe something is wrong. Maybe some hardware is having problems with drivers or something. I would check your device manager for yellow triangles. Good luck.
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25 Oct 2009   #7
hacku

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Unless you run apps that are natively 64-bit you aren't likely going to notice any speed difference whatsoever on 64-bit versus 32-bit. People seem to "believe" there is going to be a very noticeable speed gain...but this is simply not the case 99% of the time for average home use. It's when you use things like 64-bit databases and 64-bit mail servers (exchange) and 64-bit video encoders and such where the speed benefits are noticeable
He'll notice a good difference if he adds more RAM, since 64 bit OS' support more than 4GB's where 32 bit OS's don't...
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25 Oct 2009   #8
Exodus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hacku View Post
He'll notice a good difference if he adds more RAM, since 64 bit OS' support more than 4GB's where 32 bit OS's don't...
You sir, are Captain Obvious.



Im not too sure what to do, im not sure if my laptop supports > 4GB RAM. But I use the Adobe suite extensively, so a lot of Photoshop and Flash.
A bit or programming too although I havent seen a 64-bit compiler or anything like that..?
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25 Oct 2009   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

He's very unlikely to use that amount of Ram - for most people having more than 2gb makes no difference - 4gb is a lot.

There seems to an obsession with stuffing lots of Ram in a machine - uses more electricity .

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hacku View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Unless you run apps that are natively 64-bit you aren't likely going to notice any speed difference whatsoever on 64-bit versus 32-bit. People seem to "believe" there is going to be a very noticeable speed gain...but this is simply not the case 99% of the time for average home use. It's when you use things like 64-bit databases and 64-bit mail servers (exchange) and 64-bit video encoders and such where the speed benefits are noticeable
He'll notice a good difference if he adds more RAM, since 64 bit OS' support more than 4GB's where 32 bit OS's don't...
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25 Oct 2009   #10
hacku

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Exodus View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hacku View Post
He'll notice a good difference if he adds more RAM, since 64 bit OS' support more than 4GB's where 32 bit OS's don't...
You sir, are Captain Obvious.



Im not too sure what to do, im not sure if my laptop supports > 4GB RAM. But I use the Adobe suite extensively, so a lot of Photoshop and Flash.
A bit or programming too although I havent seen a 64-bit compiler or anything like that..?
I'm Captain Obvious? If I remember correctly, you're the one who started this thread and were asking the rest of us for advice...
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