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Windows 7: New install Windows 7 or Vista 64 bit or 32bit?

31 May 2009   #1
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 
New install Windows 7 or Vista 64 bit or 32bit?

I just bought a new machine. AMD Phenon X4955 3.2 quad core, New asus motheboard with 8 gb DDR3 ram, and an ATI Radeon 4890 1gb video card.

I building this for gaming and multimedia. I have an iMac for important stuff like family images etc.. SO this is my gaming rig!

Im confussed as what OS to go with Vista or Windows 7 (i found 7137 for windwos 7 64bit)

I need dameon tools pro and sandboxie or some kind of virtual PC so I can shield against virius for keygens etc.

I feel that 32bit OS would be a waste, but I hear there are all kinds of problems with 64bit still no flash players etc..

Can someone more experienced with these matters give me your recommendation?

Thanks
Dorf


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31 May 2009   #2
John Henry

Win 7 RC 64bit b7229
 
 

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I feel that 32bit OS would be a waste, but I hear there are all kinds of problems with 64bit still no flash players etc..
what do you mean for no flash under 64bit? How do you think we watch youtube videos on 64bit system?

and of course if you bought 8gb (which you will never use unless you are working with raw video encoding) you'd need a 64 bit system. Vista is stable, 7 is beta and you may encounter some problems and may not, but actually, what are you looking in win 7 for? Test purposes or just 7 thirsty?
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31 May 2009   #3
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

a little of both! Im building this for games and video editing, conversion and streaming of music and movies through the house.

I was under the impression windows 7 64 browsers did not support flash media yet as adobe was working on it!??
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31 May 2009   #4
John Henry

Win 7 RC 64bit b7229
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
a little of both! Im building this for games and video editing, conversion and streaming of music and movies through the house.

I was under the impression windows 7 64 browsers did not support flash media yet as adobe was working on it!??
i installed flash for IE8 and for Firefox(32bit version) and have no problems.
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31 May 2009   #5
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I'm sure I've written or stated this elsewhere before, but I'll say it again. The 64-bit versions of W7 (and Vista) include not only a 64-bit version of IE, but also a 32-bit version as well. If I find that something isn't working in the 64-bit browser because an add-on is required (e.g. Adobe Flash) that isn't available for 64-bit, then I switch to the 32-bit browser. It's no big deal. After all, both versions are supplied, so it makes sense to use them. Heck, even MS's Silverlight isn't 64-bit compatible yet.
Since I only use IE, I cannot comment on the performance or 3rd party add-on compatibilities of other browsers.
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31 May 2009   #6
Dorfdad

Windows 7 7264
 
 

ok thanks for the input guys but no one has answered which OS I should do for at this point? I have found 7137 on the net but not sure if thats what I should start with?
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31 May 2009   #7
DaddyRabbit

Windows 7 RC Build 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
ok thanks for the input guys but no one has answered which OS I should do for at this point? I have found 7137 on the net but not sure if thats what I should start with?
While I cannot tell you specifically which OS you SHOULD start with I can say that, IMHO, stick with the official MS builds (7100 for RC1) if you are going with Win7 (again, my opinion).

Vista has been out a bit but the Seven RC1 build is pretty danged stable for me.

As for 32 vs. 64 bit, well you have 8 gigs of RAM, 4 of which will be wasted, unless you go 64 bit.
The only two devices that I had issues with under Win7 64bit were my HP 2175 AIW, and the Line6 Variax USB interface. The HP wouldn't work under WinXP 64bit, and only had basic print capability under Vista... HP Tech Support suggested I buy a new (they provided a list) HP printer (note: there will NEVER be another HP product in my house again!). Line6 I can be a bit more forgiving of as they aren't going to make a bunch off of updating the drivers and Workbench for Variax guitars (would be nice though).

Were it I making this decision I would download the 64bit RC1 ISO from MS and try that (you have a year to try it for free), if that doesn't work for all of your periphs (you'll know quickly), then you can think about spending cash.

Chances are that RC1 will suit all of your stated needs however and give you time to save the $ to buy the OS.

And, by all means go 64bit...
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31 May 2009   #8
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Agree,

64-bit will rule some day.

In my case I run some very old utilities that are no longer available on the web, plus my Internet Security Suite did not work on the 64-bit version.

So i really had to go back to 32-bit due to program incompatibility

Eventually they will catch up and I'll be using 64-bit as well.
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01 Jun 2009   #9
John Henry

Win 7 RC 64bit b7229
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
Agree,

64-bit will rule some day.

In my case I run some very old utilities that are no longer available on the web, plus my Internet Security Suite did not work on the 64-bit version.

So i really had to go back to 32-bit due to program incompatibility

Eventually they will catch up and I'll be using 64-bit as well.
you can always use some virtual pc emulation program in your 64bit system and install a 32bit on a virtual HDD so you can run those out of date utilities.
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01 Jun 2009   #10
Anthony

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Just bare in mind that if you go Win7RC at this stage you only have until June 2010 before you have to buy RTM = Re-install

You could split your hard drive and make 2 partitions one for Vista and one for Testing/playing with Win7.

Just some ideas thrown in
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