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Windows 7: Could use some help(regarding 32-bit or 64-bit)

02 Nov 2009   #11
patrickt

Windows7 beta 7000
 
 

My position is you go to 64-bit unless you have a reason not to.

Reasons not to:
1. System isn't capable of 64-bit. That means you have processor that will handle 64-bit. I'm assuming you do but you don't say.
2. Your critical software will run on 64-bit. For example, one of my dictionaries wouldn't run with 64-bit and when I first switched I couldn't get Pentax raw codecs for 64-bit.
3. You peripheral hardware has drivers for 64-bit. For example, my printer doesn't yet have drivers for W7 64-bit. I can make Vista64 work but it's clunky.


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02 Nov 2009   #12
rpmstl

7 RTM
 
 

What massive problems with 64?
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02 Nov 2009   #13
MasterMind

Windows Vista
 
 

I installed 32-bit and it's working great, thanks for all the help!
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02 Nov 2009   #14
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Go for 64-bit. If programs don't work get new ones. 32 is obsolete.
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02 Nov 2009   #15
Sbrideau

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

32 is not obsolete for someone who has only 2GB RAM. I don't think it changes much if the person is going 32 or 64 unless there is more than 3GB RAM in the system, where it is better to go 64 for the ability to use all the RAM and to go faster etc.
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02 Nov 2009   #16
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

64-bit has patchguard and support for EFI in the BIOS. It also removes all memory limits from windows processes. 32-bit should die just like xp.
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02 Nov 2009   #17
Sbrideau

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
64-bit has patchguard and support for EFI in the BIOS. It also removes all memory limits from windows processes. 32-bit should die just like xp.
While I agree with you, I still stay with what I said. It does not, however, remove all the memory limits, there are limits everywhere, may them be set or not.
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02 Nov 2009   #18
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I'll switch to 64 bit when it's completly stable. The number of people coming here for help with problems with 64 bit far out weighs the number of problems with 32 bit.
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02 Nov 2009   #19
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Blame apps not the OS. Most people install far too much junk anyway, and add the factory junk too.
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02 Nov 2009   #20
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
I'll switch to 64 bit when it's completly stable. The number of people coming here for help with problems with 64 bit far out weighs the number of problems with 32 bit.
I hadn't noticed that, although I'm not disputing it. But I've found W7 x64 to be very stable and nice, right from RC1 to RTM. No serious problems experienced here, and, as far as I can tell, none related to it being x64 vs x86.

Perhaps there is some confusion encountered by many when they first switch to an x64 platform that creates some issues. Especially till they get the x64 thing figured out and everything on their system compatible with it.
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