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Windows 7: Why Win7 64 bit instead of 32 bit

View Poll Results: Which Win7 OS have you installed?
Win7 32 bit 23 22.77%
Win7 64 bit 78 77.23%
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10 Apr 2010   #31
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
32-bits. I don't know why I would install 64-bit on 2GB of RAM. There's no need to >_>
theres no need to have a 64 bit processor either but you have one it wont be long before your 2gb of ram just isnt enough but.............

more ram isnt the only reason to upgrade to 64 bit (unless your a gamer or cad designer) a 64 bit system is faster in the majority of cases , 64 bit is becoming the norm , program vendors are writing 64 bit versions of all their software and drivers now , software thats optimised to take advantage of a 64 bit cpu and extra ram , that software will run much faster that its 32 bit counterpart

you will get issues with 32 bit video and sound codecs and with 32 bit antivirus apps (they just wont work) but there is 64 bit versions available now and have been for years , i have used 64 bit XP/Vista/7 and never had any major issues that couldnt be sorted in 10 minutes

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Microsoft has added extra technologies to 64-bit editions of Windows to improve security and stability. These include Kernel Patch Protection, which prevents third-party software from modifying key Windows files, and hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention, which - if supported by the CPU - closes off potential vulnerabilities by making it impossible to execute code from an area of memory that's marked as data.
64 bit is just better , its not just the ram....................


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10 Apr 2010   #32
Pixelpro

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium
 
 

Is 84 BIT= 32BIT? someone said it was.
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10 Apr 2010   #33
CyberZeus

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 clean install
 
 

Picked up Windows 7 x64 because I had Vista x64 with no problems.
And still no problems with Windows 7 x64.
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10 Apr 2010   #34
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pixelpro View Post
Is 84 BIT= 32BIT? someone said it was.
x64= 64-bit. There is no such thing as x32; x86 = 32-bit.
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10 Apr 2010   #35
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Freakazoid View Post
I chose it for the sole purpose of having more than 3GB of RAM.


So did I.

Having said that, I have had very few issues, if not none, to date on x64. Ran Vista x64 previously and the major difference that I observed was specifically on Photoshop CS3 load times.
As for now, the plus is that I'm not watching my memory usage like I used to with x86.
Lastly, primarily for games.

Regards
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11 Apr 2010   #36
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 
OK I tried the 64bit version

After listening to everyone I decided to try Win7 64bit.
I made a full image backup of my HD and proceeded to install Win7 upgrade Premium 64bit over 32bit. The install went flawlessly as usual with Win7 and it installed all appropriate drivers, etc without a hitch.
After I was sure that Win7 installed all my hardware drivers properly I checked to see how my performance numbers were. They were down from the 32bit version of Win7. This may because my system isn't the fastest on planet earth.
The overall number went down from a 5.5 to 4.9 but that is just a number and almost means nothing other than a reference.

I started in install some of my software and everything installed normally other than most of my 3rd party software is written in 32 bit format. No problem, Win7 64bit installed and ran them with no problem.

After a day of testing I decided to go back to my 32 bit version. Not that I didn't like the 64 bit version but I felt that 32 bit was what my hardware liked and I must say I feel ran faster in 32 bit. Before you jump on my case I said on my system. I'm sure my next system I build will be for a 64bit OS but at the moment I'm happy where I am.

So thanks to all for your insight and information and this camper will just have to wait for Santa to bring a new system.


Have a great day everyone.
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11 Apr 2010   #37
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the report, Iggy. That is why I am running 32 bit. I hope by the end of the summer to have a computer built that will is designed for 64 bit operating. For now, I am grateful 32 bit Win 7 runs so well on this antique.
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11 Apr 2010   #38
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IggyAZ View Post
After listening to everyone I decided to try Win7 64bit.
I made a full image backup of my HD and proceeded to install Win7 upgrade Premium 64bit over 32bit. The install went flawlessly as usual with Win7 and it installed all appropriate drivers, etc without a hitch.
After I was sure that Win7 installed all my hardware drivers properly I checked to see how my performance numbers were. They were down from the 32bit version of Win7. This may because my system isn't the fastest on planet earth.
The overall number went down from a 5.5 to 4.9 but that is just a number and almost means nothing other than a reference.

I started in install some of my software and everything installed normally other than most of my 3rd party software is written in 32 bit format. No problem, Win7 64bit installed and ran them with no problem.

After a day of testing I decided to go back to my 32 bit version. Not that I didn't like the 64 bit version but I felt that 32 bit was what my hardware liked and I must say I feel ran faster in 32 bit. Before you jump on my case I said on my system. I'm sure my next system I build will be for a 64bit OS but at the moment I'm happy where I am.

So thanks to all for your insight and information and this camper will just have to wait for Santa to bring a new system.


Have a great day everyone.
I think that's what really matters anyway Iggy, You tried it and went with what you like.
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11 Apr 2010   #39
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I choose 7 64 cause all my amps go to 11 !
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11 Apr 2010   #40
IggyAZ

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Thanks for the report, Iggy. That is why I am running 32 bit. I hope by the end of the summer to have a computer built that will is designed for 64 bit operating. For now, I am grateful 32 bit Win 7 runs so well on this antique.
Thanks.
At least I'm not the only one on the forum using 32bit and like it.
I use my computer probably 12-14 hrs a day for work and pleasure and my computer is fast enough.
Have a great day!
32 bit rocks!
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