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Windows 7: 64-bit Win 7 on 3GB Inspiron Laptop

25 Dec 2010   #1
mkadam68

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
64-bit Win 7 on 3GB Inspiron Laptop

Wife received a Dell Inspiron w/only 3GB of memory. I know that with the limited RAM, it's not necessarily advantageous to run 64-bit but I don't know if it'll have a negative effect. The 64-bit version was already installed & I don't have access to a 32-bit version.

Do you all have any tips for working optimizing this limited environment regarding:
  • System stability
  • System performance
The laptop will be used for web-browsing (IE9b & flash-based websites), e-mail (Thunderbird), occasionally Acrobat Reader, and MS Word for composing school assignments. DropBox is used to store files. MS System Security (correct name?) is used for anti-virus/protection and MS Live Family Safety for watching kids history/safety issues.


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25 Dec 2010   #2
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

The 64-bit version will work fine with no issues with stability or performance

Concerning Adobe Reader, it will slow the system with its services
Use Foxit or Nitro reader instead
Foxit Software - Downloads(Latest Version)
Nitro PDF Reader

Quote:
MS System Security (correct name?),
You mean Microsoft Security Essentials?
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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25 Dec 2010   #3
mkadam68

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
MS System Security (correct name?),
You mean Microsoft Security Essentials?
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/[/QUOTE]

Yes, that's it. Sorry 'bout the name.

I have Eset's NOD32 on my other computers (work, home, daughter), but I may be at my licensing limit. I'll look into it though.
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25 Dec 2010   #4
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hi, mkadam68, welcome to the Seven Forums!

3 GB on the laptop should be fine, even with 64 bit Win 7. Heck I ran 3 GB for a long time and could still run AutoCad Architecture along with Adobe CS5 while still running FireFox 4.0 x64 and Office 2010 (yes, all programs simultaneously). I also have AVG Internet Security 2011 running, too. No issues whatsoever.

Let Win 7 manage your performance and stability.

You're good to go!

For PDF files, I prefer PDF-Xchange.
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25 Dec 2010   #5
yousaf465

Windows 7 Ultimate x32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
The 64-bit version will work fine with no issues with stability or performance

Concerning Adobe Reader, it will slow the system with its services
Use Foxit or Nitro reader instead
Foxit Software - Downloads(Latest Version)
Nitro PDF Reader

Quote:
MS System Security (correct name?),
You mean Microsoft Security Essentials?
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
What about Nuance - PDF Reader - Free PDF Reader. Fill and save forms. Convert to Word. PDF Converter Is it worth the consideration ?
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25 Dec 2010   #6
mikedl

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yousaf465 View Post
Not to speak for yowanvista, of course, but I've never tried it. I went with PDF-Xchange because it was the only one to have a plug-in for 64 bit browsers (I use FF 4.0b9pre x64).
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25 Dec 2010   #7
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
Yes, that's it. Sorry 'bout the name.
Be very careful that you always get the name correct when ever you search for it. And be sure you get it directly from Microsoft.com (Or supplier of other antivirus software). There is software out there that mimics its name and appearance. (Also for other popular brands.) Rogue antivirus they are called. Avoid at all cost. It is like you misspell Disney and get porn instead, was very popular tactic a while ago. o.o

Just putting that out there for any that pass by.
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25 Dec 2010   #8
mkadam68

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I'll let Windows manage everything. I already have MS Security Essentials installed. Yes, I downloaded it from MS.

I uninstalled Adobe's Acrobat and installed Nitro PDFReader. I thought it had a slightly better GUI and since my wife & kids will be using it ...

You all are very helpful and patient. Thanks very much.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
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25 Dec 2010   #9
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Concerning Adobe Reader, it will slow the system with its services
What services does Adobe Reader run? I only know of Adobe Updater service which can be turned off in Edit>Preferences>General or Update tab.

Once you turn off updater service it only runs if you open it. Is there another performance reason to use another Reader? (Just askin).

I had always heard it is best to stay with 32 bit until you have 4gb of RAM so these testimonials are interesting to read. You can, of course, change to run either bit-version with your license.

Here are some tips to consider for taming a factory bloatware install: HP laptop has used up all four primary partitions
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25 Dec 2010   #10
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
Yes, that's it. Sorry 'bout the name.
Be very careful that you always get the name correct when ever you search for it. And be sure you get it directly from Microsoft.com (Or supplier of other antivirus software). There is software out there that mimics its name and appearance. (Also for other popular brands.) Rogue antivirus they are called. Avoid at all cost. It is like you misspell Disney and get porn instead, was very popular tactic a while ago. o.o

Just putting that out there for any that pass by.
+1 Even worse some will run a....scan......at boot up show you a list of.....problems.... then for your.....safety.....lock you out of your computer! At least till you pay for the full version....all major credit cards accepted (funny how that still works?). Very difficult to get rid off....new and improved versions daily....
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