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Windows 7: 32bit better then 64?

15 Mar 2010   #21
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
When a BSOD happens on any system - x86 or x86-64 - its the users fault. 64-bit is stable and 32-bit is heading the way of the dodo.
I respectfully disagree. What about hardware issues - memory going bad, a power supply failing, a video card going bad? Not to mention bad drivers and bad coding in programs.


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15 Mar 2010   #22
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
When a BSOD happens on any system - x86 or x86-64 - its the users fault. 64-bit is stable and 32-bit is heading the way of the dodo.
I respectfully disagree. What about hardware issues - memory going bad, a power supply failing, a video card going bad? Not to mention bad drivers and bad coding in programs.
Apart from hardware, I've never had driver issues on three systems either. As for programs, that is out of anyone but the developer's control, unless you want to adjust open source apps yourself.
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15 Mar 2010   #23
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Agreed. I did have driver problems with an NVidia card that was supposed to be compatible with Seven. I finally got another card and problems were solved. It may not have been the drivers; it may have been the card itself, although Windows reported the card was fine.
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15 Mar 2010   #24
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Agreed. I did have driver problems with an NVidia card that was supposed to be compatible with Seven. I finally got another card and problems were solved. It may not have been the drivers; it may have been the card itself, although Windows reported the card was fine.
That may be hardware. You could have run Furmark to stress the card.
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15 Mar 2010   #25
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Product FRED View Post
Maybe it's just me, but at this point running Windows 7 x86 just seems unecessary.
Perhaps for you it's unnecessary. However on my work laptop, I have to run the CheckPoint Secure Connect VPN client to connect to work and it absolutely, positively does not run under 64-bit. So, 32-bit is very necessary for me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
The truth is x64 uses more resources, and has a lot more problems, especially driver issues.

Unless I have 4GB or more of RAM, I install the 32-bit version. I don't see any sense risking BSODs, using more resources, and having the few incompatible programs when I only have 2GB.
Jonathan, I agree that with 4GB or less of RAM, I still recommend the 32-bit version for most people. You will always find a 32-bit driver for your hardware, but 64-bit can still be hit or miss. And while the big name 64-bit players like Nvidia or Radeon have solid drivers, some of the other 64-bit drivers just aren't all that great for the more obscure hardware that a lot of us have.

I haven't had issues with drivers on my home desktop running the 64-bit version of 7, but that box has 8GB of RAM to support multiple virtual machines so using a 64-bit system was a requirement there.
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15 Mar 2010   #26
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Isn't it time to find a new working VPN client that supports 64-bit?
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15 Mar 2010   #27
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Isn't it time to find a new working VPN client that supports 64-bit?
Perhaps, but this requires my company to switch out all of the VPN concentrator devices across our global network and this is a costly proposal.
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15 Mar 2010   #28
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Isn't it time to find a new working VPN client that supports 64-bit?
Perhaps, but this requires my company to switch out all of the VPN concentrator devices across our global network and this is a costly proposal.
So the software is older along with the hardware? Hmmm, interesting decision.
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15 Mar 2010   #29
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
So the software is older along with the hardware? Hmmm, interesting decision.
Yeah, a lot of this network equipment can be extremely expensive...so when purchased it's usually used for a number of years before you can justify the replacement of the equipment. Unfortunately, we are not near the point where we can justify a hardware replacement to support a few 64-bit systems.
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15 Mar 2010   #30
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Agreed. I did have driver problems with an NVidia card that was supposed to be compatible with Seven. I finally got another card and problems were solved. It may not have been the drivers; it may have been the card itself, although Windows reported the card was fine.
That may be hardware. You could have run Furmark to stress the card.
You are right; but I ran out of patience and time. I needed my 'puter up and running - and it was an excuse to upgrade.
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