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

31 Mar 2010   #21
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zomby88 View Post
And depending on the motherboard you may still not be able to utilize all your ram.
What would be using the RAM. His mobo has no on-board graphics that could grab some RAM. There could be just a couple of MBs that the BIOS uses, but that is really minor.


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31 Mar 2010   #22
Night Hawk

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

With the onboard anything disabled you always see a small amount of mapping but like whs mentioned the 32bit would obviously see more of that then with the 64bit kernel. Once you have things all set on the 64bit 7 you would be relaxed when finding most everything seems to be running a bit smoother overall due to the more efficient use of memory.

Anyone for some old 98-XP pc games running on the 64bit 7 just as if you were running them on 98 or XP?
(some older classics run here! )
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31 Mar 2010   #23
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Info on RAM - physical & virtual -

RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff

The full article that kb pertains to --> General Windows Information

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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31 Mar 2010   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcgriff2 View Post
Info on RAM - physical & virtual -

RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff

The full article that kb pertains to --> General Windows Information

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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How do these articles help me to decide between x86 and x64?
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31 Mar 2010   #25
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Unless you have a new motherboard and a lot of memory for the desktop I would leave it alone.
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31 Mar 2010   #26
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jcgriff2 View Post
Info on RAM - physical & virtual -

RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff

The full article that kb pertains to --> General Windows Information

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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How do these articles help me to decide between x86 and x64?

Well, several posts were about memory, so I thought info may be helpful. How about this info then --

See "x64 v. x86" from Microsoft --> 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: Frequently asked questions

Regards. . .

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31 Mar 2010   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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See "x64 v. x86" from Microsoft --> 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: Frequently asked questions

Pretty basic. There is better information in Mark Russinovich's blog "Pushing the Limits of Windows"
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01 Apr 2010   #28
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

I agree on basic.

Dr. Mark Russinovich blog --> Mark's Blog Index

I would encourage everyone to look at Mark's SysInternals Suite of stand-alone executables -

Free from Microsoft TechNet --> Sysinternals Suite

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01 Apr 2010   #29
Night Hawk

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

I love Process Explorer found there! That's almost a "must have" utility for summing up all active processes on any system.

Originally I was hesitant on the 64bit Vista and stayed with the 32bit until 7 came along where I had already planned to run the 64bit Windows. Once the new builld is up and running I'll likely see the 64bit Vista Ultimate along with the 32bit Vista Home Premium on the present build having been built in time for the previous version.

The new build will be a strictly 7 system with the 64bit as the host OS without a doubt! Presently I still have to upgrade an older XP system for someone to run the 32bit Home Premium due to the lack of 64bit support on someone's Socket 939 AMD system. For AMD the AM2 and newer all see 64bit support.

In cases like that where the support isn't seen the options are limited. For a newer system with a good 4gb of memory and if you do need more then the 64bit Windows becomes a preferred choice.

The one option available before deciding which to run would be as suggested before on trying the 64bit version out on a second partition or drive in order to make the side by side comparisons for yourself. You could simply set up a temporary installation to see for yourself how things go. https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-120-days.html
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01 Apr 2010   #30
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
I'd recommend going to 64 bit --even if you only have 2 GB RAM of memory --you can always upgrade the RAM.

For stuff that simply MUST run on 32 bit OS'es why not run them in a Virtual Machine either XP MODE or even run W7 x-86 under vmware or vbox (vmware server / player and vbox are also free) and won't kill your system either.

Cheers
jimbo
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