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Windows 7: Is a 64-bit Windows 7 quicker than 32-bit in itself, as an OS?


05 Oct 2012   #1
tufffta

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Is a 64-bit Windows 7 quicker than 32-bit in itself, as an OS?

1) Would Windows 7 64-bit work faster, slower or exactly the same compared to 32-bit version on a computer with AMD Quad-Core A6-3420 64-bit CPU and 4 GB RAM (1333 MHz DDR3). I am mostly interested in its performance as an operating system, like opening My Computer, opening folders, staring the Windows, and using just "light" software like internet browsers, audio players? I mean, not playing any games, not using any Photoshops.

I ask this because with only 4 GBs of RAM there is theoretically no need for a 64-bit OS (if not using any 64-bit software), and, in addition, a 64-bit OS uses a little more computer resourses, so less resourses left for other software -- but does that mean that those used up resource are in this case "wasted" (used only to make Windows work), or is it that the resourses 64-bit OS uses are used more efficiently, so that the OS functions more quickly?

In other words, I'll use this analogy: 64-bit Windows 7 is a more powerful engine, which uses up more fuel than 32-bit - but do I get any benefit of that when not having more than 4 GB RAM and not using any specific "heavy" 64-bit software --- like does it load an internet browser faster, does it open My Computer faster?
Why I ask this is because I noticed that as good as WinXP might be, it just never was as quick as Win98 in just using the computer back in the days. I have always been disappointed by WinXP not holding up to my expectations in performance - but that's understandable, because WinXP is much more complicated OS than Win98. And I noticed WinXP is quicker before you install all the drivers. So regarding Windows 7, I wish to know which version with given hardware limitations would be quicker.


2) Also, a little "off-topic" question: is there a difference in efficiency between Win7 Home Premium and Ultimate? I mean, which one would be quicker? In regards to Windows XP, I noticed XP Professional was faster than Home, but of course that could have just been my wrong impression or I could have missed some important factors (like software installed).


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05 Oct 2012   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Windows 7 32 bit, has a maximum address space of 4 gigs. What do you have for a Video card? You didn't fill in your system specs. If you have a dedicated Video card with its own onboard RAM, that RAM will still need to be addressed in that 4 gig space. Whats left after that will be used to map your 4 gigs of RAM. The video RAM will effectively subtract from your available RAM. If you run 64 bit there is no 4 gig limit and you'll get full use of your 4 gigs of RAM.
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05 Oct 2012   #3
snuffdaddy

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 with Media center
 
 

What most people want to know is does 64bit give you a more responsive experience compared to 32bit for everyday use.

From my experience for basic/common usage (Browsing, Email, Office doc's, audio & movies non-editing)
Its not noticable, unless your the kind of person that sits with a stopwatch.

But i totally agree with others, software that requires that extra RAM above the 2GB limit of 32bit then you will see its true benefits.
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05 Oct 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tufffta View Post

So regarding Windows 7, I wish to know which version with given hardware limitations would be quicker.


Also, a little "off-topic" question: is there a difference in efficiency between Win7 Home Premium and Ultimate? I mean, which one would be quicker?
I have 4 GB of RAM.

I moved from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows 7. I never noticed any difference in speed, responsiveness or general performance.

Home Premium differs from Ultimate in features. Not speed, not efficiency.

But millions of people buy Ultimate for reasons unrelated to features, speed, or efficiency. Let's just say those reasons are "personal" and leave it at that.
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05 Oct 2012   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

To put it another non tech way. System and programs went from 8,16,32,64 bi and in the future 128 bit is not being R&D and produced just for the hell of it. It is being done so we can do more things with computer at the same time and quicker. Along with that one must keep their/there equipment and programs up to date to take advantage of the new things. 64 bit operating system will use more resources than a 32 bit operating system. Because of that you give it more resources to use. You can go on line and read for days how it works if you care to have a more techie answer.
If your in the process of choosing a operating system choose 64 bit; you will thank yourself later.
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06 Oct 2012   #6
tufffta

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Why does 64 bit Windows 7 require more RAM than 32 bit?
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06 Oct 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tufffta View Post
Why does 64 bit Windows 7 require more RAM than 32 bit?
I'm not sure it does.

It can recognize and use more RAM, but I don't know that it requires more. If so, I never noticed it.
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06 Oct 2012   #8
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tufffta View Post
Why does 64 bit Windows 7 require more RAM than 32 bit?
64 bit needs from 50 to 200 MB more RAM than 32 bit depending on hardware. None ever cried over that little loss though. It theoretically uses RAM in a less efficient way than 32 bit, so a program that in 32 bit needs X ram in 64 could need more (not a lot, but noticeably). The fact it can use up to ridiculous amounts of RAM makes this a technical detail in most builds, though.

And no, for your needs having a 32 or a 64 Win7 makes no difference at all.

Quote:
But millions of people buy Ultimate for reasons unrelated to features, speed, or efficiency.
Must be the easily-changed system language. It is a so must-have feature, lol.
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06 Oct 2012   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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06 Oct 2012   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I lean toward 32-bit with 4gb RAM because it seems faster and almost always does use all of the RAM since some RAM is apportioned to hardware.

This can be determined by typing Resource Monitor into Start button Search Box, click on Memory tab.
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