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Windows 7: 32-bit or 64-bit?

16 Dec 2009   #1
XboxOmac

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
32-bit or 64-bit?

Which is better?


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16 Dec 2009   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XboxOmac View Post
Which is better?
The answer to that question will be different for different people. Do you want to be able to utilize additional memory? Do you want faster performace (sometimes)? Do you want to be ready when 64 is the norm and 32 is on the way out? Then 64 bit is for you.

or

Do you want to be able to use most programs and applications, now? Then 32 bit is for you.

There are many more differences between 32 and 64, but for me, memory usage is the most important.
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16 Dec 2009   #3
Ryan2320

Windows Seven x64
 
 

I found an article HERE. About the advantages and disadvantages of using 64bit..

Hope this Helps..and Happy Holidays..

EDIT: Like Richard said it all depends on what are you going to use Windows 7 for. I personally like to think ahead of technology if that is even possible!! 64bit is now more common than it was 2 years ago. Now when you buy a PC from HP or Dell your computer will most likely have a 64bit processor and OS on it..
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16 Dec 2009   #4
Sbrideau

Windows 10 Pro / OpenSUSE
 
 

Really depends on your computer specs and what you want to do with it. There is a lot more to 64bit than there is to 32 nowadays, although most programs are still coded in 32bit, some are coded in 64bit too, more and more programs do.

And richc46, what do you mean to be able to run most programs? I've been running on 64bit for a while now and never hit a problem because of the programs being 32bit.
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16 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sbrideau View Post
Really depends on your computer specs and what you want to do with it. There is a lot more to 64bit than there is to 32 nowadays, although most programs are still coded in 32bit, some are coded in 64bit too, more and more programs do.

And richc46, what do you mean to be able to run most programs? I've been running on 64bit for a while now and never hit a problem because of the programs being 32bit.
I used the word most, because if I said "all", I was sure that some poster would argue, giving examples of programs that were not 64 compatible. For that matter, I am sure that there are some that are not 64 compatible, although probably only a very few.
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16 Dec 2009   #6
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XboxOmac View Post
Which is better?
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After looking at your computer specification 32 bit is the way for you to go.
I have both 32 and 64 bit versions and I tried them both and for myself the 32 bit fits my design and daily life well. When I installed the 64 bit version I didn't see much difference in my computers processing speed. I only have 2Gb in memory and most have 4Gb or more.

Anyone else have some thoughts on 32 or 64 bit?
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16 Dec 2009   #7
Urbwolf

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I would suggest with your system specs to also get 32bit by my own preference is 64bit, I have only come across one program/game that wouldn't install but it was also a game for my kids made for windows 98 :P 64bit I have found more dependable and secure.
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