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Windows 7: 64-Bit Windows 7 Question


04 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 32-bit & Ubuntu 9.10
 
 
64-Bit Windows 7 Question

Hey guys, so I recently topped out my computer ram to 2.5GB. I'm using windows 7 32-bit OS right now and it is running great. My computer has a 64-bit processor so I am able to get win 7 64-bit. My question is, since I only have 2.5GB of ram should I bother upgrading to windows 7 64-bit? Or just stick with the 32-bit edition?

Thanks guys


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04 Feb 2010   #2

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

- with 2.50G RAM, you won't see any additional benefit in running a 64-bit operating system..
..it'll only make a real difference if you have more than, say 3.00G RAM..

..there is actually no disadvantage in not having that amount of RAM - 64-bit Windows7 will still run OK with 2.50G RAM

- it's just that if you do have more than 3G of RAM, a 32-bit operating system won't address all of it..
- but there's no harm in your staying with 32-bit Windows7, you're not missing out..

- only make the switch to 64-bit when you have loads of RAM, then you'll really see the benefit..
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04 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

To see much of an improvement in WIN 7 64 you realistically need 4 GB Ram even more if running intensive video editing software. You have the max you can have in your current Win 7.


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04 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 32-bit & Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

ok so I should just stick with my 32-bit?
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04 Feb 2010   #5

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

If the 32bit is running fine, then why mess with it. No real reason to go 64 bit unless you have 4 gigs of ram or more, although I'm sure it would run fine.
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04 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, stick with 32-bit. 32-bit can address up to 4GB of memory total, but you lose a bit for video cards, etc. So, theoretically you get about 3.5GB. So, unless you have 4GB and need access to all 4GB, there is no great benefit to using 64-bit.
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04 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

64 bit Windows from a security standpoint is better it is imune from rootkit infection
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04 Feb 2010   #8

Windows Seven x64
 
 

Yes running 64 bit on less than 4 GB is possible, like above posters have said you will not see a HUGE improvement but it will work like any other PC,

However if you have 64 bit running and want to upgrade your ram.(In the future) You could and then don't have to worry about re-installing Windows 7..

Hope this Helps...
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04 Feb 2010   #9

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You're not missing anything yet, there are still very few true 64 bit programs or applications.
I'm running Win. 7 64 with 8 gigs of ram and it only benefits me when doing heavy graphics editing or gaming and I do little of that these days.
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04 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 32-bit & Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Thanks, this forum is awesome. I'm totally loving my laptop again now (it is 3 years old). I was running XP Media Center and it was going really slow, so I did the upgrade to 7 and it completely deleted everything from my Hard Drive (which was good cause it's like a fresh start) and I just upgraded my ram from 1GB to 2.5GB so everything is running great. Also have a partition running Linux Ubuntu 9.10. Love it Thanks again guys
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