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

30 Mar 2010   #1
alstein

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 
Should I switch to Windows 7 64 bit from 32 Bit

Hi
I have windows 7 32 bit version installed on my desktop PC. I would have installed the 64 bit version except that on of my printers did not have 53 bit drivers available. Neither does my Epson Perfection 1250 scanner. Several months after installing the 32 Bit version, I purchased a Sony Vaio notebook PC which came with a free upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit. I subsequently changed my printer to a more recent model, and have ordered a new scanner which also comes with available Windows 7 64 bit drivers. I am considering reinstalling Windows 7 on my desktop pc but in the 64 bit version. Its a real pain to do so. Any opinions on whether it will be worth the effort?

Thanks.



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30 Mar 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You left out the two most important criteria:

What do you want?

and

System Specs
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30 Mar 2010   #3
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

yes it will be worth the effort , if only to ram in some more ram

heres something to read , save me rambling on http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/3506...64-bit-windows
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30 Mar 2010   #4
Night Hawk

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

Welcome to the Seven Forums! alstein

When first going to test 7 I couldn't even connect online with the 64bit Windows 7 or even previous XP and Vista 64bit editions for those two. For me it was simply a change of service provider to connect running the 64bit anything!

Upon 7's release the actual support for the 64bit Windows has seen a major improvement over what had been seen for the two previous versions. With the change and likely upgrade of printers there the decision to run the 64bit or stay with the 32bit is yours to make there.

Surprizingly most programs will still run on the 64bit due to the improvement in 32bit emulation seen in 7 while some programs simply will not run on any 64bit Windows. That is one consideration and sometimes a stumbling block for some besides hardware/device drivers.

If you are into CAD programming or running super memory hungry softwares the ability to surpass the 3.5gb barrier allows for having more then 4gb of system memory installed. But the 64bit Windows only uses about 300mb more of memory simply due to seeing less data swapped out to the hard drive by way of paging file and kept in the active ram, a more efficient process while not necessarily any super performance boost!
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30 Mar 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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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30 Mar 2010   #6
Night Hawk

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

One option would be setting up a dual boot of both 32bit and 64bit on the desktop either on a second primary or drive in order to run them for side by side comparisons. Once you have both running on the exact same hardwares with the same programs as well you can make the final decision on which suits your own needs the best.
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30 Mar 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

If your desktop works fine as is, there is no reason to change it (unless you have more than 4 gigs of RAM).

~Lordbob
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30 Mar 2010   #8
rpmstl

7 RTM
 
 

I have 32 and 64 dual booted right now. Haven't booted up the 32 since I installed 64 - 6 months ago.

If you feel like formatting and reinstalling - go for it.

64 is worth it for the additional Ram it utilizes.
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30 Mar 2010   #9
alstein

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

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).
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31 Mar 2010   #10
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

I do not recommend x86 --> x64 unless you have found x64 drivers for all devices. x64 mandates device driver signing.

Furthermore, x86 apps running under x64 are still subject to the 4 GB RAM limitation. So unless you are running specific x64 RAM hungry apps that can take advantage of > 4 GB RAM, stick w/ x86.

Most apps today are x86 - including many Microsoft programs.

Check out the 2 Program Files folders found in x64 -

Tech Support Forum - View Single Post - 64 bit vs 32 bit

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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