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Windows 7: Should I switch to Windows 7 64 bit from 32 Bit

31 Mar 2010   #11
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alstein View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You left out the two most important criteria:

What do you want?

and

System Specs
Ideally, I would hope that installing the 64 bit version of Windows 7 give my system a performance boost (not that I find my current PC is performing poorly.

I am running an Intel Quad core 6600, with 4 megs of Ram, an Asus P5K deluxe motherboard, 1 terabyte internal HD, and 2 external drives, both a terrabyte connnected via e-sata, an XFX Nvidia 8800GT video card, and an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. I also have an internal dvd RW drive and Blu-Ray player (internal).
quite frankly, your not going to see any noticable improvements, maybe in the milliseconds, I was on 32 bit Vista, but when i bought 7 as i was going nuclear on the hard drive anyway i decided to get 64 bit, but quite frankly unless you have more than 4GB of RAM then you wont see any noticable benefits, 64 bit can be a PITA with certain applications and drivers, (for instance, 32 bit windows 7 will quite happily install Vista drivers straight outta the box, 64 bit sometimes requires a little tweaking)


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31 Mar 2010   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is one question that still bugs me in the discussion. It is clear that X64 is the right solution for 6 or 8GB of RAM and x86 is right for e.g. 2GB of RAM. But what about 4GBs. Will the extra 500 to 700MBs of RAM that x64 can address make a difference in performance? If I look at the RAM usage in my 3GB x86 system, I would not think so. But am I looking at the right thing?

I ask because I am facing the x86 vs. x64 decision for my 4GB Q6600 system.
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31 Mar 2010   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There is one question that still bugs me in the discussion. It is clear that X64 is the right solution for 6 or 8GB of RAM and x86 is right for e.g. 2GB of RAM. But what about 4GBs. Will the extra 500 to 700MBs of RAM that x64 can address make a difference in performance? If I look at the RAM usage in my 3GB x86 system, I would not think so. But am I looking at the right thing?

I ask because I am facing the x86 vs. x64 decision for my 4GB Q6600 system.
I'd go with 64-bit in your case Wolfgang. You will be able to use the full 4GB, but a better reason is future-proofing yourself. In case you want to upgrade, you won't also need to reinstall.

I'm using x64 on my 4GB system, and I have no problems and it runs fine.
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31 Mar 2010   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Jonathan, I am leaning there too. But then I have to give up my Applauncher in the sidebar that I use a lot. I guess I could stuff the shortcuts into the Toolbars because my Rocket Dock is full.
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31 Mar 2010   #15
alstein

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alstein View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You left out the two most important criteria:

What do you want?

and

System Specs
Ideally, I would hope that installing the 64 bit version of Windows 7 give my system a performance boost (not that I find my current PC is performing poorly.

I am running an Intel Quad core 6600, with 4 megs of Ram, an Asus P5K deluxe motherboard, 1 terabyte internal HD, and 2 external drives, both a terrabyte connnected via e-sata, an XFX Nvidia 8800GT video card, and an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. I also have an internal dvd RW drive and Blu-Ray player (internal).
quite frankly, your not going to see any noticable improvements, maybe in the milliseconds, I was on 32 bit Vista, but when i bought 7 as i was going nuclear on the hard drive anyway i decided to get 64 bit, but quite frankly unless you have more than 4GB of RAM then you wont see any noticable benefits, 64 bit can be a PITA with certain applications and drivers, (for instance, 32 bit windows 7 will quite happily install Vista drivers straight outta the box, 64 bit sometimes requires a little tweaking)
Thanks for the information. I am leaning towards installing Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bit version and taking my chances......(I tend to play with stuff till it breaks, and then try solve problems that i have created <G>). I have a couple of questions about back ups for the conversion. A common recommendation is to back up documents and settings, and then restore once the new installation is complete. I don't have a problem with the concept of backing up my documents, photo's, email settings, etc., but is there any point in backing up up settings from my 32 bit Windows 7 system, if I will be reinstalling a 64 bit system?

Also, will I have a problem installing from my Windows 7 upgrade discs which I purchased last year? Both 32 and 64 bit versions were included, but is it possible thatl I may have a problem with validation?
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31 Mar 2010   #16
sandman

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I was the same way about 64 bit but since installing on the 24th of this month I love the extra speed opening, stuff like program folder or Pictures etc. Plus most app's work fine in 64 bit. I always leave my 32 bit hardrive as a slave and then after installing the 64 bit on a fresh harddrive I have all my user info to transfer over to the new install then when I have it all transfered, I reformat the old 32bit drive and use it for backups etc. Enjoy.
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31 Mar 2010   #17
BevDaBronxbabe

 
 

That's exactly what I did. My old program AOLPRESS wouldn't run on 64 bit.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I have a configuration like you. A new laptop with 64bit and a desktop with 32bit. For the time being, I like 32bit better - not because of driver problems but some of my other programs do not run in 64 bit (and the 32bit emulation does not help).
I would suggest you install 64bit on your new laptop and leave the 32bit on the other sytem. Then you can compare yourself. I will wait at least until after SP1 before I install another 64bit.
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31 Mar 2010   #18
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alstein View Post
Thanks for the information. I am leaning towards installing Windows 7 Home Edition 64 bit version and taking my chances......(I tend to play with stuff till it breaks, and then try solve problems that i have created <G>). I have a couple of questions about back ups for the conversion. A common recommendation is to back up documents and settings, and then restore once the new installation is complete. I don't have a problem with the concept of backing up my documents, photo's, email settings, etc., but is there any point in backing up up settings from my 32 bit Windows 7 system, if I will be reinstalling a 64 bit system?

Also, will I have a problem installing from my Windows 7 upgrade discs which I purchased last year? Both 32 and 64 bit versions were included, but is it possible thatl I may have a problem with validation?
First of all since it will require a clean install of the 64bit 7 to "replace" not upgrade from the 32bit Windows you will want to review the guide on upgrade media. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

The Windows Easy Transfer tool will preserve most things even when changing platforms due to that being mainly files and user settings common in both. The best thing however is to plan on starting everything over from scratch if you intend to replace not keep the 32bit installation.

One thought would be creating a full system image of the 32bit and storing that on a second drive in case you later want to revert back. The system image tool in 7 packs everything on the drive up into it's own form of archives in one folder for later restoration.

For deciding to go 64bit from 32bit isn't simply just to have more then 4gb of memory installed. With the 64bit 7 on a new build here only 4gb will be seen until getting into 2D/3D CAD at some point which will likely starting chewing on ram. Other then that going from 4gb upto 8gb won't see any big performance boost.

The largest gain as far as memory is concerned involves XP and Vista as well as 7 when going from 1gb of system upto 2gb where an immediate difference was seen. With the 64bit that would be 2.5gb of memory due to seeing less data swapping out to the drive and that amounting to about 300mb more actiive ram used.
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31 Mar 2010   #19
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alstein View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
You left out the two most important criteria:

What do you want?

and

System Specs
Ideally, I would hope that installing the 64 bit version of Windows 7 give my system a performance boost (not that I find my current PC is performing poorly.

I am running an Intel Quad core 6600, with 4 megs of Ram, an Asus P5K deluxe motherboard, 1 terabyte internal HD, and 2 external drives, both a terrabyte connnected via e-sata, an XFX Nvidia 8800GT video card, and an Asus Xonar Essence STX sound card. I also have an internal dvd RW drive and Blu-Ray player (internal).
Based on these specs, by all means make the move to 64-bit. You won't regret it.
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31 Mar 2010   #20
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

And depending on the motherboard you may still not be able to utilize all your ram.
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