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Windows 7: 32 vs 64


04 Apr 2010   #1

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
32 vs 64

I suppose this is the right section, and I'm not sure if this has already been asked, but I'll do it anyway. Can I get a list of the differences between Win 7 32 bit and 64 bit? I know all about the RAM and every thing. I am referring to things like compatibility issues.

Thanks in advance.

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04 Apr 2010   #2

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

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04 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
In addition to that - 64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums
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04 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Intelly.

I think you will be pleased to learn that support for software and hardware for 64-bit operating systems has improved drastically over the past few years. You can check this Microsoft site for Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs and Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, and Downloads.
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04 Apr 2010   #5

Win7 32 / 64 and XP 32 / 64 (on various other computers as well)
 
 

All zealots and theorists aside, they are pretty much equal at this point for daily use.
I would put a vote in for 64 and go with that.
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04 Apr 2010   #6

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

I have already read all those articles/Q&As you linked me to.

I know you guys would say 64 bit is the same as 32 bit, and even better, but there have been many, many instances of, for example, programs that work or install correctly on a Windows 7 32 bit, but not on Windows 7 64 bit. I know that "officially" 64 bit will run the overwhelming majority of 32 bit programs (or whatever) with no issues whatsoever, but I don't think that's the case.

I will be buying a laptop this week, and it comes with either 32 bit or 64 bit. I think that in a 32 bit OS, if you had 4GB RAM, you'll only be able to use 3GB, correct? Well, I'm not sure whether I should get 64 bit (with all its problems) just for 1 extra GB of RAM.

Do you guys have a list of the programs and games that work on 32 bit but not on 64 bit? I've read the page that Corrine linked me to, and call me paranoid, but I don't trust Microsoft. I'm sure "officially" or "in theory" something works, but that may not be the case in real life.
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04 Apr 2010   #7

windows 7 RTM
 
 

One program which will not run on x64 is MouseImp Pro.

mouseimp pro - Google Search


It has been around for many years and has a lot of fans, but it has been
abandoned by the original maker. It has been upgraded for vista but not for
Windows 7

It will work with Windows 7 x32 but not x64.

I am runing x32 in order to use it. The competition does not even compare.
Mimp is a really terrific tool worthy of someones attention.

PLEASE. Will someone please take a look, MouseImp is worth saving!!

I would do this myself if I could. Please Help

Thanks,
Richard too
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04 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intelly View Post
I have already read all those articles/Q&As you linked me to.

I know you guys would say 64 bit is the same as 32 bit, and even better, but there have been many, many instances of, for example, programs that work or install correctly on a Windows 7 32 bit, but not on Windows 7 64 bit. I know that "officially" 64 bit will run the overwhelming majority of 32 bit programs (or whatever) with no issues whatsoever, but I don't think that's the case.

I will be buying a laptop this week, and it comes with either 32 bit or 64 bit. I think that in a 32 bit OS, if you had 4GB RAM, you'll only be able to use 3GB, correct? Well, I'm not sure whether I should get 64 bit (with all its problems) just for 1 extra GB of RAM.

Do you guys have a list of the programs and games that work on 32 bit but not on 64 bit? I've read the page that Corrine linked me to, and call me paranoid, but I don't trust Microsoft. I'm sure "officially" or "in theory" something works, but that may not be the case in real life.
speaking from experience, i have only had 1 application not work for me in 64 bit, and that was a very old game called gazillionaire, which is 16 bit, but XP mode lets me play it, driver wise, only issue was with my belkin adapter, but after a bit of fiddling i got that to work too,

having said that, it sounds like you have already made up your mind, and ultimately, the decision is down to you, but there really is very little reason not to go 64 bit, you shouldnt have any driver issues if it comes preinstalled with X64 as the manufacturor will provide the drivers, and as long as your printer and such arent ancient, i see no reason why they wouldnt have 64 bit drivers
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04 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intelly View Post
I will be buying a laptop this week, and it comes with either 32 bit or 64 bit. I think that in a 32 bit OS, if you had 4GB RAM, you'll only be able to use 3GB, correct? Well, I'm not sure whether I should get 64 bit (with all its problems) just for 1 extra GB of RAM.
I am running 32 bit, with 4GB of ram. It is true that you don't see it all, but 3.5 of 4 ain't bad.

The times when you should definitely get 64 bit:

1) You are a tech geek that has to have the latest and greatest.

2) An application you need truly exploits 64 bit or is not supported at all for 32 bit.

3) You are gullible and BELIEVE the guy down at Best Buy that it is sooooo much better.

There is one absolute way to confirm that 64 bit isn't better at this point, and that is that Microsoft doesn't charge extra for it. If it was demonstrably better, they would charge extra. Heck, back in the NT days they charged more for an OS that was better only because it didn't have the registry keys set to cripple it.

I am a geek, and would be 64 bit, except I have one card I use that doesn't have 64 bit drivers.

I am glad a lot of people are shaking out 64 bit... It will really be ready when I make the move in a year or two.

PS - Even with what I have written, if you don't need a driver that doesn't support 64 bit, don't be shy. If one app doesn't run, there is another one just as good that will.
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04 Apr 2010   #10

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intelly View Post
I have already read all those articles/Q&As you linked me to.

I know you guys would say 64 bit is the same as 32 bit, and even better, but there have been many, many instances of, for example, programs that work or install correctly on a Windows 7 32 bit, but not on Windows 7 64 bit. I know that "officially" 64 bit will run the overwhelming majority of 32 bit programs (or whatever) with no issues whatsoever, but I don't think that's the case.

I will be buying a laptop this week, and it comes with either 32 bit or 64 bit. I think that in a 32 bit OS, if you had 4GB RAM, you'll only be able to use 3GB, correct? Well, I'm not sure whether I should get 64 bit (with all its problems) just for 1 extra GB of RAM.

Do you guys have a list of the programs and games that work on 32 bit but not on 64 bit? I've read the page that Corrine linked me to, and call me paranoid, but I don't trust Microsoft. I'm sure "officially" or "in theory" something works, but that may not be the case in real life.
speaking from experience, i have only had 1 application not work for me in 64 bit, and that was a very old game called gazillionaire, which is 16 bit, but XP mode lets me play it, driver wise, only issue was with my belkin adapter, but after a bit of fiddling i got that to work too,

having said that, it sounds like you have already made up your mind, and ultimately, the decision is down to you, but there really is very little reason not to go 64 bit, you shouldnt have any driver issues if it comes preinstalled with X64 as the manufacturor will provide the drivers, and as long as your printer and such arent ancient, i see no reason why they wouldnt have 64 bit drivers
Yeah, I'm sure 64 bit is fine, but there are so many horror stories out there you can't help but be paranoid. If I get 64 bit, and there are problems with it, I won't be able to buy another laptop. So I think I'll go with 32 bit, just to be on the safe side. This is the laptop I'm going to buy. I'm wondering if there's a difference (performance-wise) between the 32 bit version and the 64 bit version, since I'll be using the laptop to play quite a number of demanding medium/high-end games.
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