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Windows 7: 64 bit, or 32 bit, that is the question...

15 May 2009   #21
Flukester

Windows 7 Build 7100
 
 

Windows running with normal apps, like outlook and antivirus and messenger take 1.5GB of physical ram leaving 2.5GB of Ram which is plenty to play games today. 4GB is nice, 6 or 8 is better and some even turn off their swap. 64bit is more a hassle than 32bit from a driver perspective. Is there really any huge gain going 64, no. It's a persons choice, it's not recommended for everyone and 32bit is the defacto for Windows imho. Most apps like someone said are 32bit anyhow and run in compatibility mode while running 64bit. Try it and see if you like it, if you don't nobody is going to hate you.


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15 May 2009   #22
damoh

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

This whole 32 bit vs 64 bit makes me laugh. Obviously both have there pro's and cons. 64bit obviously is used by people with more then 4 gig ram. I have 6 gig and its just right, enough ram to run whatever i want with surplass. Wether we like it or not 64 bit is the way forward, and imho 7 embrasses it more then vista. Imagine in a few years everything will be 64 and we will prolly be arguing over 128 by then lol.
If you can run 64 then why not? Try both and deciede for yourself. 32 will not see all of your 4 gig ram though.

Regards
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15 May 2009   #23
screwballl

Win7, XP, Vista x64, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fakeasdf View Post
Read my signature... Second, less than 4gb it isn't better to go with 32 bits, 64 bit offers more than just the ability to address a memory set bigger than 2^32, it offers more hardware security features. It also offers a bigger and more advanced instruction set, that when taken advantage of can offer performance gains. And with 64 bit you can run new software that does take advantage of 64 bit technology or 32 bit software which doesn't take advantage of this technology without a performance hit. Go 64 and get the best of both worlds. Unless your hardware manufacturer is a DB and doesn't have drivers, which is so 2007... More than likely not an issue. 64 bit is definitely recommended.
agreed... go 64 and never look back
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15 May 2009   #24
Noles

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 




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15 May 2009   #25
Azural

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64
 
 

You can't upgrade from a x86 version to x64. You'll have to do a fresh install.
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15 May 2009   #26
Noles

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Azural View Post
You can't upgrade from a x86 version to x64. You'll have to do a fresh install.
I just clicked the "Setup" icon, I was planning on doing a clean install, but it won't even let me choose.

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15 May 2009   #27
Azural

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64
 
 

You have to boot the instillation. Either from a DVD or flash drive.
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15 May 2009   #28
Noles

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Azural View Post
You have to boot the instillation. Either from a DVD or flash drive.
Bah. I didn't have to do that for the 32 bit one, I was hoping I wouldn't for the 64.
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15 May 2009   #29
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I ran Tests for everyone, Enjoy...

https://www.sevenforums.com/news/1018...html#post97875
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15 May 2009   #30
Azural

Windows 7 Build 7229 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Noles View Post
Bah. I didn't have to do that for the 32 bit one, I was hoping I wouldn't for the 64.
That's because you were running it off of a 32 bit OS.
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