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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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13 Apr 2010   #51
Heroxoot

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I know 64bit is supposed to be incredible, but I went 32bit because I just will never use more than 4gb ram max.


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13 Apr 2010   #52
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

OK, I said it before and I'll say it again - my quadcore is 64-bit, every other piece of hardware is 64-bit capable, so why would I run 32-bit OS? Video card software from ATI is 64-bit. ESET is also 64-bit. I run 64-bit Firefox and Thunderbird, I've got 64-bit Photoshop and Gimp, then there is 7-zip, GSView ... the list goes on. Later this year we'll get the 64-bit Office. In addition, it's faster, supposedly safer - no rootkits I read somewhere, allows one to use more memory. So for me the question would be - why 32-bit? I would understand it on older hardware or if you've got some special old software that you use regularly and which won't run on 64-bit. Other than these two I see no reason to use 32-bit.
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13 Apr 2010   #53
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
So for me the question would be - why 32-bit? I would understand it on older hardware or if you've got some special old software that you use regularly and which won't run on 64-bit. Other than these two I see no reason to use 32-bit.
No argument from this quarter.
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13 Apr 2010   #54
Wasila

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Well, new computer so new drivers, all x64 ready. Printer quite new too, so it works. I've only had one compatibility problem which couldn't be solved by basic compatibility functionality and I don't think that was down to x64 anyway...
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13 Apr 2010   #55
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
So for me the question would be - why 32-bit? I would understand it on older hardware or if you've got some special old software that you use regularly and which won't run on 64-bit. Other than these two I see no reason to use 32-bit.
Because my work has a Check Point firewall that we use for VPN. Without spending a ton to upgrade our hardware, it uses a software client that is ONLY compatible with 32-bit. Therefore, I have to run 32-bit on my laptop to be able to VPN in. While a VM was considered, it's a real pain when all of my files and everything I need is on the host and my VPN tunnel is from my guest.
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15 Apr 2010   #56
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

i found this little gem, pretty much sums up how i feel about going 64 bit, the actual article is alot longer, ill just quote the "bottom line"
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The short answer is that you should go with Windows 7 64-bit unless you’re running a system well into its antiquity where driver support is going to become an issue.
full article:Should You Install Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit? - TechSpot
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15 Apr 2010   #57
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

No argument from me on that.
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15 Apr 2010   #58
546 Inspiron

Windows 7 home premium with 64 bit
 
 

Unless you have an old computer that won't handle 64 bit you should be running 64 bit. It's not just the fact that you can use more than 4 gigs of ram but it is the future and you will feel the pinch of 32 bit more and more as time goes on, just like every other new technology. It's going to be the new preferred format.
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16 Apr 2010   #59
KazeNoKoe23

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I use Windows 7 32-bit on my netbook because of the obvious limitation of the Atom N270 being a 32-bit processor, but on my desktop, 64-bit all the way, baby!
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