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Windows 7: 32 vs 64

04 Apr 2010   #11
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

well your in luck there... that laptop comes with both! according to the page you linked, so you can try them out for yourself


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04 Apr 2010   #12
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
It's Your Choice

I don't think you will see a vast difference at this point in time. I like the statement above Quote

"PS - If one app doesn't run, there is another one just as good that will."

As time goes by 64bit will become the common operating system and 32bit will be the system of yesterday. This is what drove me to change. True, when I changed some of my hardware was a problem (Changed with XP) and some of my software became useless. But as time went by and I updated my hardware and software all my tools and computer functions on X64. It was not very much fun at first but now they could discontinue X32 and I would never skip a beat. So You may want to consider tomorrow, not just today.
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04 Apr 2010   #13
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Even though I run a 64-bit operating system, other than the 4gigs of RAM I run, I can't say I need a 64-bit system. My opinion is unless you really need more than 4gig of RAM and/or have specific needs that require a 64-bit OS, I say stick to a 32-bit system. In fact I often tell people to take a hard look at what they need before going 64-bit, especially if they’re still running/using older hardware/software. Now it’s easy for us to tell them to upgrade such equipment, but that can be an expensive proposition for some.

I know a great many people here will say 64-bit, and to a certain point I agree, but remember this is also an enthusiast forum as well as a tech forum. For the mass general public, they don't necessarily require a 64-bit OS.

Now it would be irresponsible for me not to mention that with emerging technologies coming forth 64-bit is on the up rise and is the future of computing, however it is still not at a point where it has complete support at this stage of the game. Adobe Flash Player???

Maybe Windows 8 will change that and hardware/software manufacturers will get off their duff and finally fully support the 64-bit platform.

At any rate I would look at my requirements, hardware and software, than make my decision based on that. There’s a lot of pro and con to this that only you can make based on your needs.

And yes, 64-bit: More than just the RAM, but my guess is that 80-90 percent of users just use 64-bit for its ability to efficiently use more RAM.

My two cents.
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04 Apr 2010   #14
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

From what I have seen lately (well Dell's anyway)
The largest majority of PC's are coming standard with 64Bit OS's.
And you have to request 32Bit if that is what you really want.

I am glad about this, as 64Bit needs to be forced on the market and on 3rd party Dev's to start supporting it more.

Things are coming around for 64bit,, but not as fast as I would like to see it.
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04 Apr 2010   #15
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Ya, what`s up with Adobe. What`s taking them so long.
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05 Apr 2010   #16
Intelly

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
well your in luck there... that laptop comes with both! according to the page you linked, so you can try them out for yourself


Does that mean the laptop comes with both 64 bit and 32 bit? I always thought they'd give me a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit, not both versions.
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06 Apr 2010   #17
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Well if you plan on your computer lasting a long time (for another thirty years). You may want to change to 64 bit because 32 bit systems will have some problems when it becomes 2038.

Year 2038 problem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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06 Apr 2010   #18
electrotune1200

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intelly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
well your in luck there... that laptop comes with both! according to the page you linked, so you can try them out for yourself


Does that mean the laptop comes with both 64 bit and 32 bit? I always thought they'd give me a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit, not both versions.
Your PC will have the option to install 32 or 64 bit Windows from within the recovery partition.
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06 Apr 2010   #19
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Intelly View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
well your in luck there... that laptop comes with both! according to the page you linked, so you can try them out for yourself


Does that mean the laptop comes with both 64 bit and 32 bit? I always thought they'd give me a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit, not both versions.
Quote:
Operating system Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit (pre-installed, Toshiba-HDD recovery) and
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 32-bit (Toshiba-Recovery DVD)
i read that as it comes with 64 bit on it, but you can go back to 32 bit by sticking the disk in
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06 Apr 2010   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zomby88 View Post
Ya, what`s up with Adobe. What`s taking them so long.
That's a very good question and the primary reason why 64-bit isn't the defacto standard. It's certainly starting to get there with Windows 7 and this push to have 4GB of RAM or more.

But unfortunately there are still enough pieces of hardware out there which need 32-bit driver support and some older 16-bit apps that companies maintain and people use that is not making 64-bit a slam dunk. Personally, I've got a scanner without a 64-bit driver, our corporate VPN solution doesn't support 64-bit unless we spend lots of money and upgrade it, my parents blood glucose meters that they use won't work under 64-bit, etc. So, while somethings have a quick and easy workaround for some, others things do not.
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