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Windows 7: Why I went 64-bit?

27 Mar 2009   #1
patrickt

Windows7 beta 7000
 
 
Why I went 64-bit?

I downloaded Windows7 32-bit and 64-bit first day. I used the 32-bit until five days ago. With Vista, I couldn't find all the 32-bit drivers I needed when I'd bought it. I never even considered taking a shot at 64-bit. But, I kept reading that people were finding workable drivers for 64-bit.

As I thought about it, 64-bit is clearly what's coming. It made sense to try it for free. So, five days ago I installed Windows7 64-bit beta. It wasn't seamless. I had problems with my Intel SMBus driver but got that solved. I had more of a problem with my HP Laserjet 1020 printer but, hey, it wasn't that smooth in 32-bit. After a few hours of messing around I got it working.

Then I installed my software. I don't use a lot. As more is included in Windows I install less. For example, I didn't worry about Nero for burning DVDs this time or a defrag program. My Microsoft Office 2003 loaded and ran fine. My really old Random House Websters Unabridged Dictionary ran fine. The only program that wouldn't install or run was Microsoft Bookshelf in Spanish. Go figure. The codecs for viewed my Pentax raw files in Windows wouldn't load either. They did fine in 32-bit.

I have only two 64-bit programs. One is IE8 and the other is Lightroom2. Windows7 64-bit has both the 32-bit and 64-bit IE8 and they both work fine but 64-bit is faster. Lightroom2 64-bit is noticably faster than 32-bit although I'm not running them side by side.

I'm happy enough with 64-bit that I've ordered more memory and I've decided to buy the 64-bit when it hits the market.


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27 Mar 2009   #2
AtticTron

Windows 7 Build 7048
 
 

I cant see why anyone would still use a 32 bit OS if they have a 64 bit CPU. I've installed both vista 64 and 7 x64 in a couple of PCs and never had any issues.
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27 Mar 2009   #3
UKForce

Windows 7 Build 7077
 
 

So drivers are quite easy to sort out then now, and software etc is mostly ok?
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27 Mar 2009   #4
scaramonga

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AtticTron View Post
I cant see why anyone would still use a 32 bit OS if they have a 64 bit CPU. I've installed both vista 64 and 7 x64 in a couple of PCs and never had any issues.
I agree!, but I'd avoid any version of Bloatista, 7 x64 is brilliant
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27 Mar 2009   #5
TripOG

windows 7 X64
 
 

i went X64 because i upgraded hardware and its only right to upgrade software aswell
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27 Mar 2009   #6
AtticTron

Windows 7 Build 7048
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scaramonga View Post
I agree!, but I'd avoid any version of Bloatista, 7 x64 is brilliant
Actually for me Vista 64 is more stable than win 7, but of course 7 is still in beta so that can change. Vista is pretty good especially with SP2.
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27 Mar 2009   #7
weedmonk

Windows Se7en Ultimate Beta x86 Build 7057
 
 

Makes no difference for configurations under 4gigs of RAM. Personally I've not noticed any difference in my regular tasks either way. I'm sure if I fire up something resource heavy I'd notice it.
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28 Mar 2009   #8
elZee

Windows 7 Ultimate, build 7100 x64
 
 

Apologies for the dumb question but will my 'steam' games run under x64? ie: Insurgency (half life mod) Red orchestra etc. ?

Currently running x86 with an AMD64 4000+ 2.41 Ghz chip running on an ASUS A8N-SLI Premium m/b with 2g RAM.

OK I did a quick google and found the answer to my own question .. I think

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...-explained.htm
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28 Mar 2009   #9
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by weedmonk View Post
Makes no difference for configurations under 4gigs of RAM. Personally I've not noticed any difference in my regular tasks either way. I'm sure if I fire up something resource heavy I'd notice it.
Wrong! See this post by Brink: 64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by elZee View Post
Apologies for the dumb question but will my 'steam' games run under x64? ie: Insurgency (half life mod) Red orchestra etc. ?

Currently running x86 with an AMD64 4000+ 2.41 Ghz chip running on an ASUS A8N-SLI Premium m/b with 2g RAM.
Steam will run just fine. It does for me, though I have not tried it on Seven. Should work fine though. If you try it, let us know how it goes.

~Lordbob
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28 Mar 2009   #10
elZee

Windows 7 Ultimate, build 7100 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Wrong! See this post by Brink: 64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums Steam will run just fine. It does for me, though I have not tried it on Seven. Should work fine though. If you try it, let us know how it goes. ~Lordbob
LB, Steam runs fine on 7. I'm using seven on my main box .. crazy I know but it is exciting! lol!

Initially RO wouldn't run .. deleted the ini file and 'bing' fired up with no additional problems.

So far Audio is the only thing that crashes the system. Every now and then there'll be a serious "BUZZ" run through the system and my headsets then .. crash!! This is always usually when playing RO. meh!
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