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Windows 7: Why get Windows 7 64bit

05 Mar 2009   #1
graham.lv

Windows 7 (7000) public beta
 
 
Why get Windows 7 64bit

What I would like to know once and for all, is, why should I buy Windows 7 64bit when the retail comes, rather than stick with 32bit?

I know it addresses memory above 3.5 GB, but have read of many driver problems.

Also, I use Vodafone (Australia) 3G wireless broadband and don't know if this is compatible.. with x64.

Do I need to obtain specific 64bit software programs???

And finally, how are we going to migrate to 64bit, if ever?


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05 Mar 2009   #2
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

this should be a good resource...
bit-tech.net | 64-bit: More than just the RAM

also from our sister site vistax64
64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums
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05 Mar 2009   #3
Iknewitwin7

Windows 7 Pro x64 & Win7 Pre x64 / Ubuntu 9.10 Beta
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by graham.lv View Post
What I would like to know once and for all, is, why should I buy Windows 7 64bit when the retail comes, rather than stick with 32bit?

I know it addresses memory above 3.5 GB, but have read of many driver problems.

Also, I use Vodafone (Australia) 3G wireless broadband and don't know if this is compatible.. with x64.

Do I need to obtain specific 64bit software programs???

And finally, how are we going to migrate to 64bit, if ever?
Wow a Spin Off, that was a mega ultra Thread

We're hopefully, 2 & a half months pregnant with Windows 7, cause the people have heard.
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06 Mar 2009   #4
graham.lv

Windows 7 (7000) public beta
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darkassain View Post
this should be a good resource...
bit-tech.net | 64-bit: More than just the RAM

also from our sister site vistax64
64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums
Thanks for the links ... I checked them out. I found it's a bit like the Linux mob saying "You gotta use Linux, 'cause Linux is better than Windows." Why is it better?


Well, I think this rasmasyean post explains my confusion. Still heaps more to read, but I take it software developers are NOT keen to go 64 bit. Microsoft does not REALLY push it very much. (Come to think of it, when I purchased Vista, among all the boxes of versions, there was no retail 64 bit on the shelves.) And it MAY be overkill at present..

Also, everyone says it's NOT JUST about more ram, it's much more, but there's NO SIMPLE explanation. If I put a bit here and a byte there, it's better, or something like that.

I don't see it happening main stream at this present time ... unless some one can state its benefits in three paragraphs of text!

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Re: 64-bit: More than just the RAM


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Adrian Wainer
Must say that MS are not really helping people adopt 64 bit by the fact they do not even mention it on their top end Vista product blurb
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Tell me about it...

They never really say anything useful about these in these descriptions. If they start linking MS technical pages, etc...heck that confuses IT pros, forget about normal consumers. They just won't buy it until they "figure out what it says"...which is never.

You have to like dig info up from all over the place to see what other people "translated" that hopefully gives you a hint of how it applies to "the real world".

At least these days there are some guru blogs (some who work for MS and can actually communicate and not just code) to help out in this regard. But it's still a real hassle for the average person to find because they won't know what to look for to begin with.

Perhaps it takes better marketing...or those details are best left for the pros to figure out.
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06 Mar 2009   #5
patrickt

Windows7 beta 7000
 
 

My computer meets the minimum standards for running a 64bit system so I've been wondering the same thing. In talking with people who know more than I do, which isn't tough, my question is, "What difference will I see in doing what I do?" Right now the answer is, "Better multitasking." Well, I guess my multitasking needs aren't intense because I'm doing fine surfing the net and watching a movie with Windows 7 32bit.

The other point that is relevant is that drivers are the vendors responsibility and 64bit drivers simply aren't common.

I suspect in a few years, the percentage of 64bit capable computers will reach the point that 64bit becomes the norm and everyone will switch. For now, I'll read with interest those who have switched but I'm planning on buying the 32bit version when Windows7 hits the market.
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06 Mar 2009   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi Patrick,

Good thing is that 32 bit product keys work with 64 bit media and vice versa. If you do start with 32bit, then want to change to 64bit - all you need is the 64bit install media.

At least that's how it's been so far with Vista and the 7 beta's - so probably will continue .

SIW2
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07 Mar 2009   #7
angryman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

FYI, I'm using a bunch of 32bit programs, including games, all are working fine to me here on x64!

Here's some good lists on programs that work well with the OS:

Paid Software that is Windows 7 Compatible

FREE Great Programs for Windows 7

And some that does not:

Software to avoid

Good luck!
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07 Mar 2009   #8
Romulinx2

Win7 Ultimate x64 on Desktop / Win7 Ultimate x86 on laptop / Win7 x86 Starter on Netbook
 
 

To see why 64bit is better, you should look at the PC architecture.
Here's some basic info 64-bit Computing
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07 Mar 2009   #9
Itsdon

7201 64 bit
 
 

I have an HP DV6700 laptop (TL60 Dual Core) and am running 7048 64bit. I was running 7000 32bit. All my programs work except for Google Desktop and the only driver issue I have is with my SD card reader. Windows swears it is running properly (no exclamation point) but it corrupts every chip I put in there. I had no such problems with 7000.

I've tried to update the driver with the proper Ricoh driver from the HP website but I think Win7 is overriding my install with the original drivers (circa 2006). The install proceeds OK but nothing changes in device manager (driver wise). Any ideas on how to rectify this?
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07 Mar 2009   #10
absolute3d

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7127
 
 

64bit it's the minimal spec for a CG artist, that works with 3d studio max/vray/mentalray etc. You'll need a lot of physical ram to finish a detailed rendering

This is one of the reasons why someone should use a 64-bit OS and programs

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