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Windows 7: Installing Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine

22 Jun 2010   #1
Tarkus13

Windows 7
 
 
Installing Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine

Need to know if I can install Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine. If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages? Thanks.


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22 Jun 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tarkus13 View Post
Need to know if I can install Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine. If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages? Thanks.
Yes you can

Advantages
smaller resources footprint, less problems with drivers, less minimum system requirements

Dis advantages
Somewhat slower, can only use ~3,25 gigs of ram even if more is installed


Ken
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22 Jun 2010   #3
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tarkus13 View Post
Need to know if I can install Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine. If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages? Thanks.
Yes you can.

Advantages:
16bit applications (many old programs are 21bit),
Can handle less RAM (if you count that as good),
There is a higher chance of there being a 32bit driver for slightly obscure devices than there is for 64bit drivers.

Disadvantages:
Less RAM,
No 64bit applications (I don't know of many 64bit exclusive apps anyway),
Less future proof.

Oli
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22 Jun 2010   #4
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, 64-bit systems can support 32-bit. 32-bit has greater compatibility, while 64-bit is faster if you have at least 4GB of RAM.
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