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Windows 7: Why You Should Go 64-Bit With Win7


19 Jan 2009   #1

Win7 x64 Ultimate RTM
 
 
Why You Should Go 64-Bit With Win7

A nice (but short) article on why now is the time to go 64-bit.

Why You Should Go 64-bit with Windows 7 - Gizmodo

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19 Jan 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

The Seven beta is my first x64 OS. Only problem I have with it is now I want 4 more gigs of ram. It'll be in the mail by the end of the week.

Gary
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19 Jan 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garysgold View Post
The Seven beta is my first x64 OS. Only problem I have with it is now I want 4 more gigs of ram. It'll be in the mail by the end of the week.

Gary
Same here. I don't know if its the move from 32bit to 64bit, or if its just going from build 6956 to 7000, but my PC runs palpably more smoothly. Probably a bit of both. I only have 2 gigs or RAM though =P. Particularly I've noticed improvements in Aero. Its like my effects are running at 50fps as oppose to the previous 25, to make kind of an analogy. I'm running old manufacturer drivers(nvidia default drivers wont work for me), and it all runs very smoothly. It was like before it was smooth, but now its like, uber smooth.
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20 Jan 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is a non-issue for me, really, seeing as I made the switch to x64 when I moved from Windows XP Professional x86 to Vista x64 Ultimate nearly 2 years ago.

But I must note that with Windows 7, I believe that x64 will truly become mainstream, because performance is improved. The way I see it, Microsoft "tested the waters" when they released Windows XP x64, to gauge consumer acceptance. From there, they decided that x64 adoption would be good enough to warrant releasing Vista in x64.

Currently, Vista x86 is more widespread than Vista x64. I think now that Microsoft has had sufficient time to tweak the system, and that hardware manufacturers have also finally caught on, Windows 7 x64 will enjoy a greater market share compared to Windows 7 x86.

It's about time too. The 32-Bit architechture was first introduced with the 80386 processors, and only became mainstream with Windows 95. 32-Bit is old, and if I had anything to say about it, I'd not release Windows 7 x86 at all.

Which is actually what the original Microsoft Windows roadmap was going to do. But because the masses didn't adopt x64 as much as they would have wanted, they made the choice of release it in both x86 and x64.

It's almost a given that whatever it's going to be called, Windows 8 will likely be released in x64 only.
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20 Jan 2009   #5

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Now that the hardware manufacturers are coming around, maybe a lot more of the software will also start to come around. I think that if people could get more of their major applications in 64 bit they'd be more apt to switch. 32 bit apps on a 64 bit system run a little faster in my experience, but 64 bit apps should 'fly' as they say and that will get folks excited.

Gary
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20 Jan 2009   #6

Windows 7 Build 7077 x64
 
 

Its a shame some manufacturers still haven't worked on x64 drivers.

*glares at palm*

I just found out today that there are no USB drivers for my palm centro on x64, which is quite unfortunate seeing as my celphone was my main means of internet access. My laptop has a weird problem in that it won't connect to my dorm buildings network without constant disconnectifications. It seems to have a problem conencting to half duplex networks. But oh well. I suppose I'll have to buy a router to get around that.

Oh well, still loving x64 Windows 7. Only other issue I've encountered is google chrome not wanting to work at first, but now its fine.
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20 Jan 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

While it is very tempting for me to go to 64 bits due to using Photoshop CS4 and several other photo imaging programs, I am not sure what the outcome would be (fixes and upgrades) and can't find the need yet. The machine I converted to Win 7 is a year old Dell 1720 that has 4 gig of RAM in it. The machine sees 3.62 and with a little tweak I was able to get PSCS4 to use 2.6 of the installed RAM. My photo programs run quite well even with RAW files from a 21 megapixel camera.
So perhaps it may be a personal choice for some, or rather, why rock the boat?
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20 Jan 2009   #8

 

The article actually explains *why*.
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21 Jan 2009   #9

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Here's another article from MS.

Understanding 64-bit PCs

If you're shopping for a new PC you're probably going to come across systems that are designated "64-bit." These are computers running 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, typically with 4GB of memory or more. Compared to 32-bit systems, which top out at around 3GB of memory, 64-bit PCs offer added responsiveness for people who are running a lot of applications at the same time and switching between them frequently.

Both types of PCs are good options; the best choice depends on your particular needs. Here's a little background information and some shopping tips.

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Gary
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21 Jan 2009   #10

Windows 7
 
 

I guess i could install 64bit on my laptop.

But my Socket 939 - Athlon 3000+ doesnt support 64bit, or ?
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