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Windows 7: Windows 7 64 bit vs 32 bit

25 Mar 2010   #21
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

I was like that back when I was on XP. I skipped Vista, and 64-bit altogether. Then I jumped into it and saw that it really is better this way. But everyone's entitled to their opinions and I see where you're coming from.

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25 Mar 2010   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

Quite honestly, this discussion is getting old. First of all, 64-bit is not something new. I was using a 64-bit workstation at the university back in 1995 and then when in 1998 it was up to me what machine to buy for our new project, I went with a 64-bit Dec Alpha. At that time I would not even look at Windows-based PCs.

Now, the current Intel processors are almost all 64-bit. So when I bought my current computer a couple of years ago or so, I went with Vista 64-bit, even though Dell did not officially support it - they did send me a DVD though. Since then I have installed the Windows 7 x64 when it appeared as a beta and then kept upgrading to the newer stable versions.

I have never experienced any problems with it at all. True, I choose 64-bit applications when the choice is available, and sometimes, as was the case with the Sony Picture Motion Browser, I need to download a special patch for the software to work, but basically I've never even saw a program that would not run on my machine. The programs that whs mentioned, I have never used, but then there are millions of apps out there, I'm just saying I manage just fine with those millions that work with x64 OS. And some software that I use is very much professional and specialized. In many cases the authors claim no support for Windows 7 altogether, regardless of flavor - but it all runs just fine.

The only annoying issue is Adobe flash, or the lack thereof for 64-bit systems. Thus I have to keep a copy of 32-bit Firefox for the sole purpose of showing my son cartoons from YouTube. Other than that I use the unofficial 64-bit version and I am very happy with it. It's faster, more stable, and consumes less memory, not that this is really an issue.

So, my experience is, that unless you have some legacy software that you absolutely must run and that would just not run under x64 OS, I see no reason to stay in the 32-bit world.
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25 Mar 2010   #23

Win 7 Pro x64, VM Win XP, Win7 Pro Sandbox, Kubuntu 11

This same argument came about in 1995 with Win 95. At the tiime I was working within Windows NT 3.xx which was a true 32 bit OS, and the start of NTFS technology (dos was unable to read NTFS drives). It took a couple of years to convince developers and software companies to get in line with the 32 bit programs, but by 1998 they had. So, give them time, and within the next three to five years 64 bit will be the standard. In reality the death of Win XP will be the final straw for 32 bit programing.
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25 Mar 2010   #24
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

At least on Windows. At the moment, there's no reason to run Linux x64 as an average, everyday consumer. The lack of working plugins such as Flash and instability is reason enough. But yes, for Windows, 64-bit is certainly taking over the market now. Even OS X Snow Leopard is 64-bit! And look how seamless it is. The next version of Windows will only be 64-bit only, that's what I speculate.
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25 Mar 2010   #25

windows 7 ultimate

I am running windows 7 in 32 bit (i accidentally installed it in 32), my computer is able to run in 64, when i do a clean install, it does not give me the option anymore to pick 32 or 64? i am lost i tried everything. i was told that maybe the bios or I/O has my activation key so it thinks my system is only a 32. any ideas??
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25 Mar 2010   #26
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

You need a 64-bit installation disc to install 64-bit. Each version comes on a different disc. You can still use the same key though provided it's the same as the one you have now. ie you can use a 32-bit Professional key for 64-bit Professional, but not 64-bit Ultimate.
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