Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows 7 32bit vs 64bit?

29 Jan 2012   #1
jack1953

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 32bit vs 64bit?

Can someone tell me the difference between the Windows 7 32bit and the 64bit?
Do most folks run 32?
Thanks,
Jack


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

29 Jan 2012   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

This link is for Vista, but holds true for Win 7. In short, if you have a 64-bit processor, then you should install the 64-bit OS.

A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

The average user doesn't particularly need to be concerned with it.

Most store-bought PCs now use 64 and that trend will continue.

Worldwide, I'd guess most people are still on 32, but that won't last.

The primary selling point for 64 is that it will use more than circa 3.5 GB of RAM, unlike 32.

And--some applications (not many) won't run properly on 64.

In day to day operation, you aren't likely to be able to tell which you are using.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


29 Jan 2012   #4
jack1953

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
This link is for Vista, but holds true for Win 7. In short, if you have a 64-bit processor, then you should install the 64-bit OS.

A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista
So it's determined by the processor speed? Assuming 64bit is faster? Are most proessors 32bit?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Certain processors support 64 bit Windows. All the recent PC processors do. It's the architecture of the processor, not its speed.

The speed difference isn't normally noticeable.

But you may as well go with 64 whenever possible unless you have certain older apps that will not install or run on 64.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jan 2012   #6
JimLewandowski

 
 

I was one of the unfortunate who had a virtual USB port device that I wasn't sure had a 64-bit driver at the time (early 2010) So, since I have an OEM DVD, it's 32-bit only for me for the duration.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #7
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jack1953 View Post
Can someone tell me the difference between the Windows 7 32bit and the 64bit?
Do most folks run 32?
Thanks,
Jack
Most installations are 64 bit nowadays.

You are limited to using less than 4GB of RAM memory with 32 bit Windows (on the order of 3.5 GB). With Windows 64 bit, you can utilize more than 4GB if your processor and motherboard support it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Most new computers are sold with a 64-bit operating system these days.

Have a look here for comparisons with the 32-bit version of Windows 7.

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

As others have said, a 64bit system is really the only way to address a full 4GB of memory and anything about 4GB of memory.

Whether you can run it depends upon a few things
#1). Your CPU must support it. But this support has been around for well over 5 years now
#2). Your hardware needs a 64bit driver. Thus if you have an older printer, and it doesn't have a 64bit driver, you would be stuck with getting a new printer or using 64bit
#3). Your software will run on 64bit. Almost all 32bit software will work just fine...as of course would 64bit software. However, if you have any old 16bit software, this does NOT work under 64bit. This old software needs a 32bit OS which can also run 16bit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2012   #10
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Personally, I'm going back to DOS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows 7 32bit vs 64bit?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows 7 32bit to 64bit
Hi, So I got windows 7 Home Premium back in 2009, however I got the 32bit version, and right now im thinking I want to get the 64bit version. However the problem that I face is that I only have a 32bit disc as they did not send me a 64bit version and I got Windows 7 cheaper via the student...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 pro 32bit to 64bit
After i recently went through a series of mishaps and bad luck my HP ProBook 4520s had to have its hard drive replaced. During its repair process i had an extra 4gb ram put in so i now have a total of 8gb ram. Sadly only 2.98gb is usable. now here is my problem: -my computer has Windows 7 pro...
Installation & Setup
64bit or 32bit? Windows 7?
I am planning to build a PC with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor (2.30GHz, 1MB Cache). The programs that will be open: Photoshop CS3 or CS4 (depending on the choice made), iTunes, Firefox 4. I am unsure whether to set it up with: Win7 32bit and 2GIG RAM or Win7 64bit and 4GIG RAM Can anyone...
General Discussion
W7 64bit:Ok to install 32bit programs outside the 32bit programfolder?
OS: Win 7 64bit. Is it generally not a problem to choose to install a piece of 32bit software outside the win 7 default program folder for 32bit software? Or is 32bit software only supposed to be running flawlessly, if installed in that default 32bit folder? Thanks.
Software
OEM Windows 7 32bit to 64bit
Hey, I wonder if anyone can help me. I've searched exhaustively on this subject and haven't found a definate answer. I have recently purchased a Samsung R720 (PS02UK) laptop with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium (OEM of course). The processor is a Core 2 Duo (P7450 - 64bit compliant). The...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App