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Windows 7: Yet another 32v64 question


21 Apr 2010   #1
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 
Yet another 32v64 question

Would it make any difference when installed on an SSD?


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21 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hard drives are not 32 or 64 bit. If your processor and motherboard support x64, and you have 4GB+ of RAM, install x64.

If you have less than 4GB RAM, install the 32-bit version, unless you are planning on upgrading.
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21 Apr 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Michael,

Only because a SSD would be faster than a normal HDD.

In addition to what Jonathan posted above, the articles in the link below can help give you more details on the differences between 32-bit vs 64-bit.

64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Apr 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With Windows7 is is preferable to get an SSD that supports Trim. If you do the initial installation from a Windows7 disk, it will make the necessary settings. If, however, you clone it from another disk, you have to align the partition and make the settings yourself. You can use this tweak utility. It will do it for you. And if you do not use Hibernate, delete the hibernation file with powercfg -h off in elevated cmd -It saves space by the tune of your RAM size.
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21 Apr 2010   #5
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 

Can I dual boot windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit (from the same instal dvd)?
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21 Apr 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but only if you purchased another product key number for your edition of Windows 7. The retail Windows 7 copy comes with separate 32-bit and 64-bit installation DVDs.

The product key number that comes with the retail copy of Windows 7 can only be used to activate on only one installed Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). To use the product key number on another installed Windows 7, you would have to uninstall any previous installation to be able to activate it on the new installation.
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21 Apr 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Usually, the DVD only has either the 64 or 32 bit versions on it, not both.

Even if you could install both, you would need 2 separate product keys, in accordance with the EULA.
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21 Apr 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Usually, the DVD only has either the 64 or 32 bit versions on it, not both.

Even if you could install both, you would need 2 separate product keys, in accordance with the EULA.
I think you are talking about an OEM disk and Brink talks about a retail version.
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21 Apr 2010   #9
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Usually, the DVD only has either the 64 or 32 bit versions on it, not both.

Even if you could install both, you would need 2 separate product keys, in accordance with the EULA.
I think you are talking about an OEM disk and Brink talks about a retail version.
Hmm... not sure. I've never had a retail disc. All my installation media has been downloaded from the internet, and I combined both versions using ImageX for my own use.
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