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Windows 7: Which version to install on an old Desktop? 32 or 64 bits

30 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Which version to install on an old Desktop? 32 or 64 bits

Hey guys,

I got this old desktop, that I been having windows issues, I tried to reinstall it and I had a hard time to complete the windows installation, it would mark an error in mid process. So I finally got it done, and started to have alot of blue screen and restarts on the pc.

I went straight to the HDD, I have checked it too many times and they all say it's okay. So I got two theories, it's either my motherboard or the dvd drives... which kinda odd, but both should be damage.

Anyway, I recently had an issue and all usb drives went death. I know the hardware works, because they are on up until windows starts running, they go death. I had issues on the usb drives, but keyboard and mouse worked, to have a usb storage I would disable and enable the usb drive and it would work. Now nothing. I been using teamviewer to control the desktop.. quite funny.

So after all the background and long story, I been going down to reinstall windows, I last installed a 64 bits, because I recently upgrade it to 4 GBs of RAM, but don't how convinient it is. Don't know if it's okay to reinstall a 64 bits or just go back to 32 bits? I mainly use it for LAN media streaming and storing info.


Specs are:

Processor Intel® Pentium® D

Level 2 (L2) Cache at least 2 MB

Memory dual-channel 667 DDR2 4Gbs


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30 Nov 2012   #2

7 x64
 
 

I'd first check out all the hardware. Your problems sound like they are all hardware related and not OS related. Like the RAM is bad or even the drive though it tests OK.
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01 Dec 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I would reseat all your add-in cards and RAM modules. Double check all your power cables and data cables like SATA to make sure they are firmly plugged in. I would also unplug any thing external except for the keyboard and mouse. Plug your printers, and external devices in after you have windows up and running. Keep it simple stupid until you get it running. If you have a dedicated Video card with its own onboard RAM it will subtract from your usable 4 gigs if you go 32 bit. With all the problems your having it may be worth while trying it anyway. If your PC is overclocked reset the BIOS back to failsafe defaults, I'd probably do it anyway.
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