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Windows 7: Why Win7 64 bit instead of 32 bit

View Poll Results: Which Win7 OS have you installed?
Win7 32 bit 23 22.77%
Win7 64 bit 78 77.23%
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09 Apr 2010   #21

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
Well after reading all the messages I'm planning on staying with 32bit version of Win7 because I don't have any 64bit software and I'm not a gamer that needs 4 or 8 gig of ram.
I guess as more applications write their software in 64 bit I may change my mind.
Anyway great information all and I'm sure this will help others in deciding which version they need. 64 bit or 32 bit.

Good decision. 32 has less problems with driver issues than 64 does anyway. If you need 4GB+ RAM, it's worth it, but if not, stick to 32.

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09 Apr 2010   #22

Windows7 beta 7000

When I was using the W7 beta I started with the 32-bit. It ran fine but two programs wouldn't run. One, my codecs for my raw files, was optional and one, a Spanish/English dictionary, wasn't optional. I replaced my dictionary. Then I thought I might as well try the 64-bit since it was free. I discovered I had a defective motherboard/processor using 64-bit. Intel replaced the motherboard/processor and everything ran fine under 64-bit. I used mostly Vista drivers at that point and they worked.

When W7 went retail I got the 64-bit version. My photo editing software runs at 64-bit and uses the RAM. I don't play games so I can't comment on that. I have gotten codecs for my raw files so that's fine now.

For me, the question isn't why switch but really why not. It is clearly the future. There are valid reasons to stick with 32-bit. If you have mission-critical hardware that won't run under 64-bit, stay with 32-bit.

"It seems to me that most of the issues we find here are related back to 64 bit Windows 7 drivers." It doesn't seem that way to me. The variable most often seems to be the users.
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09 Apr 2010   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

With only 2 gig of ram my system only uses between 30 and 40% of my ram. I rarely use more than 2 program at a time.

So the pose shows so far that about 25% use 32bit and 64bit 75%
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09 Apr 2010   #24

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

I've voted 64-bit, although I have got both installed (see my specs).
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09 Apr 2010   #25

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Had two new laptops at the time and choose 32 for one and 64 for the other... After a few weeks of no problems with the 64, I switched the other to match as time goes by the switch to 64 will be likely as the software will likely move that way. GL
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09 Apr 2010   #26

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

64-Bit, because more is better.
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09 Apr 2010   #27

W7 Pro 64

What is 32 bit again? Isn't that my calculator OS?

Most professional software (CAD, Photoshop ...) comes in 64-bit and requires 8+ GB
unless that rend reverts I don't see a reason for 32 bit. If it is not compatible with 64 bit, it probably is worthless.
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09 Apr 2010   #28

Windows 7 Pro 32Bit

I have had both 64 and 32 currently using 32 and main reason for 64 is it can use all 4 GB of my ram but i have noticed some performace decrease in 32 bit but may give 64bit another go when i upgrade my CPU next week as a lot of people say its good ad i like all 4GB of my ram usable
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09 Apr 2010   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HerrKaLeun View Post
What is 32 bit again? Isn't that my calculator OS?

Most professional software (CAD, Photoshop ...) comes in 64-bit and requires 8+ GB
unless that rend reverts I don't see a reason for 32 bit. If it is not compatible with 64 bit, it probably is worthless.
Uhmm, some of us are still running old hardware and old peripherals such as printers...
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10 Apr 2010   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

32-bits. I don't know why I would install 64-bit on 2GB of RAM. There's no need to >_>
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