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Windows 7: Installing windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit

17 Nov 2010   #11

XP Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
varies from 3.4 to 3.2
This is for windows 7 right? That is, even if the motherboard allows more ram, win 7 32 bit can only use 3.2-3.4gb?

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17 Nov 2010   #12
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wearetheborg View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
varies from 3.4 to 3.2
This is for windows 7 right? That is, even if the motherboard allows more ram, win 7 32 bit can only use 3.2-3.4gb?


Hello, if you're asking, the answer is yes.
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17 Nov 2010   #13

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

With SOME Dell's what Win 7 installs doesn't always work. With newer systems this is not a problem but systems in the era of the XPS 400, which has Dell proprietary hardware on it the user may run into problems with some non-Dell device drivers. But, as I previously noted Dell has Vista 32 bit drivers and they usually work without problems on Win 7 32 bit.

I do a lot of support on the Dell users forum so this is not the first Dell upgrade I've seen.
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17 Nov 2010   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Interesting that the OP shows he's upgrading from XP-64 to Windows 7. Would that change my mind about 32 or 64 Windows 7?
I'm still thinking 32 bit for the ram issue !
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17 Nov 2010   #15

windows 7 professional
 
 

linnermeyerhere,

I do apologize if I made you understood wrong. I do currently have windows xp sp3 32-bit in my xps 400, not 64-bit.
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17 Nov 2010   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

OK I see that's been corrected in the system spec's. Then for sure stay with 32 bit. Cheers !
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21 Nov 2010   #17

windows 7 professional
 
 

Hi people,

Thank you very much for all your comments and suggestions. This weekend, I decided to install windows 7 32-bit in a new empty hard drive in my old dell xps 400. Everything went smooth. "windows 7 advisor" was pretty accurate in my case. Everything was compatible, and the only real thing I need was the drivers for my audio soundblaster xtreme card as "windows 7 advisor" warned me. Just in case, I installed the latest release of my intel chipset. That's all. Everything was peachy. Thank you again.
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21 Nov 2010   #18
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again, good to see you got it running and thanks for the update.
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21 Nov 2010   #19
Microsoft MVP

 

If you have any performance problems, then first thing to try then will be to roll back the Intel chipset drivers you added.

This is why it was suggested you stick with the Windows 7 installer drivers unless there are performance problems first.

This is not XP or Vista. MS spent a fortune to make Windows 7 installer driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates.
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