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Windows 7: Impossible to find a 32bit Win7 box

29 Dec 2009   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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But what are the real advantages of 64bit if you have like me 3GB of RAM. Some people say it's faster, but is that really true.
In my experience, only applications which are heavily CPU intensive and are also 64-bit apps themselves really see an improvement on a 64-bit operating system. Generally speaking with anything less then 4GB of RAM, I have always run 32-bit...as the 64-bit code itself is larger and will consume additional RAM.


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29 Dec 2009   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Thanks for all the answers. I would build one myself too, but the friend is a little old lady that lives far away - so building is not an option. Problem with 64bit is that there are still a lot of driver problems and many programs do not work.
Thats not quite true. I have had fewer problems installing software on my 64-bit desktop than I have on my 32-bit laptop.

Hmm, that's interesting. I just go by the number of complaints that are being posted. But maybe that is because most people started with Win7 64bit. You just raised my confidence level for 64bit.
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29 Dec 2009   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What is to stop her getting a machine with 64 installed, then just installing from the 32 dvd ? Ok - you may have to do that for her.
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29 Dec 2009   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
What is to stop her getting a machine with 64 installed, then just installing from the 32 dvd ? Ok - you may have to do that for her.

Good suggestion, but as I said, she is FAR away from where I live. I guess we'll have to settle for 64bit. Maybe it is not as bad as some of the postings imply. I may even consider it for my big rig. But that is for later on 2010.
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