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Windows 7: Should I install x64 or x32 on my configuration and why?

18 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 32bit
Should I install x64 or x32 on my configuration and why?

Hi folks!

Intel® Core™ i5 2.450 M (2,50 GHz, 3 MB L3 Cache)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520MX 1GB

I'm not going to upgrade RAM at this point.
I read somewhere that 32bit is good enough for 4GB. Is that correct?

I will use it for browsing, Games ( not heavy), Multimedia, Photoshop (not a photographer, so not professionally).

Thanks in advance!

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18 May 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

X64, it will allow use all of your ram
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18 May 2013   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello dzan,

You certainly could install either the 32-bit or 64-bit version if you like. I'd say that it's pretty much just a personal choice with your setup, but 64-bit will allow you to use all 4 GB while 32-bit is actually only using about 3.25 GB even though it sees all 4 GB.

If you like, read through the thread below for more about 32-bit VS 64-bit to help give you some more information to help make a decision on which you may prefer, or if you have some more questions afterwards. :)

32 bit vs 64 bit Comparison
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18 May 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

4GB is the max that x86 (32 bit) will support. x64 however will support up to 192MB in w7 pro and above. I think 64 bit machines run faster myself, having both.
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18 May 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Type Resource Monitor into Start Search box, click Memory tab, to see how much RAM is reserved for your hardware. If it's more than a gig then you'll be using all of your RAM with 32 bit.
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18 May 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

If you have a 64 bit capable cpu, always install 64 bit.

And max out the memory as sson as possible.

A clean install and maxing out your memory is the best you can do on a laptop. It will really improve the performance.
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19 May 2013   #7

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dzan View Post
I'm not going to upgrade RAM at this point.
But maybe you will in the future, and generally it's better to upgrade the RAM to the max, especially if you like to keep a lot of tabs in the browser while doing some multitasking.
And since there isn't a whole lot of difference I'd say go with 64-bit.
Why? 64-bit is (a bit) better, and it's better to acclimate yourself to it now.
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20 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 32bit
thanks a lot!

Thanks guys, great tips and great forum support!

Since I have 1400MB reserved I considered to buy the 64bit version!

Thanks so much, again to everyone :)
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20 May 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You're welcome. I also would add more RAM too since it's not real pricey. I would recommend getting new RAM in a matched kit of, for example, 8GB 2X4GB if your board supports 4GB modules.
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