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Windows 7: Switching From 32 Bit OS to 64 Bit OS


13 Jun 2014   #1
sparker781

Winodws 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Switching From 32 Bit OS to 64 Bit OS

So as the title suggests I am prepping my Windows 7 box to be switched from 32bit to 64bit. I know the main draw is that 64bit recobnizes more memory but aside from that are there any benefits from switching?

Secondly....I made a complete hard drive image of my primary hard drive with all of my apps installed....Can this be used after I install the 64bit version of my OS or am I reinstalling everything?

Thanks


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13 Jun 2014   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

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Secondly....I made a complete hard drive image of my primary hard drive with all of my apps installed....Can this be used after I install the 64bit version of my OS or am I reinstalling everything?
You will have to install all applications. All except for the so called "portable" applications (usually quite small) and you probably don't have many of those.
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13 Jun 2014   #3
sparker781

Winodws 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Ugh

Is there any real advantage of 64bit other than the fact the system recognizes up to 12gb of ram?

Thanks
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13 Jun 2014   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Yes, you can use your image to re install windows, that`s the whole purpose of making an image.

But, it`s an image of your Ultimate 32 bit.

Ultimate 64 bit can use up to 192 GB of memory, not 12.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions

More importantly, it`s what your motherboard can support.
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13 Jun 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sparker781 View Post
Is there any real advantage of 64bit other than the fact the system recognizes up to 12gb of ram?

Thanks
None that you are likely to notice in ordinary day-to-day operation. At least I can't tell the difference. It may have some hidden advantages that are worthwhile, but that's not apparent in terms of speed or usability.

Some software won't install on 64-bit. I had an old version of Photoshop that was no-go on 64-bit because the installer was a 16-bit application. All was well on 32-bit. I waited until I upgraded Photoshop before I moved to 64-bit.
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13 Jun 2014   #6
AC

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

You probably won't notice much difference in average light usage, but it'll make a difference in resource heavy applications.

64-bit will be the most/even more common soon, more and more apps becoming x64, heck, the iPhone 5S has a 64bit architecture.
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13 Jun 2014   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

The biggest advantage of a 64 bit OS, the much larger virtual address space, is for native 64 bit applications. The majority of 32 bit applications will receive no benefits there. There are other advantages but they are usually quite minor. 32 bit applications must run in an artificial environment created for them and that brings with it some compatibility issues. A 64 bit OS must use 64 bit drivers exclusively. These issues are not as serious as they once were but still need to be considered.
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15 Jun 2014   #8
SharpHD

 

One benifit from getting 64 bit is no ram limitations.
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15 Jun 2014   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Long experience has led me to install 32 bit on 4gb RAM or less, and 64 bit on more than that for best performance.
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15 Jun 2014   #10
SharpHD

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Long experience has led me to install 32 bit on 4gb RAM or less, and 64 bit on more than that for best performance.
That is exactly right my friend
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