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Windows 7: 32 v. 64

23 May 2010   #1
ColdIce

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
32 v. 64

What is better? 32bit or 64bit?

And what's the difference? Detailed information needed.

Disguss.


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23 May 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello ColdIce.



This question gets asked every couple days, search the forums and you'll get more threads than you can read; the article at the link below is a very good place to start.


64-bit: More than just the RAM
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23 May 2010   #3
slurp812

windows seven
 
 

64 is newer. I would always go with 64bit. You will possibly have a few more issues, but few reasons not to move forward.
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23 May 2010   #4
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColdIce View Post
What is better? 32bit or 64bit?

And what's the difference? Detailed information needed.

Disguss.
I'm not going to discuss what's better since as already has been pointed out there are plenty of good, helpful posts already. What I will say is if you have a 32 bit PC or laptop then your choice is a 32 bit version, if, however, you have a 64 bit you have a choice. Personally my new laptop and PC run W7 Pro 64 and W7 Ultimate 64 while my 6 y/o laptop runs W7 Pro 32.

It comes down to if you have programs that won't run correctly in 64 bit mode, or better yet programs that require 64 bit mode, I have both those scenarios and why I keep the older laptop.
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23 May 2010   #5
baccusboy

Windows 7 64-bit Pro
 
 

The main disgusting thing I've found with 64-bit has been copying files. Of course, that may be a Win7 thing, and not a 64-bit thing. It's far slower than what I've encountered with earlier Windows OS's.
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23 May 2010   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

I chose 64 bit for a few reasons. Yes I can use more ram and 64 bit likes ram. Most hardware and software companies are leaning to 64 bit. 64 bit is for tomorow which I think will make 32 bit just like the old 16 bit, just some thing to talk about. I have very little problems finding programs that I want in 64 bit, just a little Googling. I do have some old programs on C/D that I will have to buy again. Thats the computer world, it goes forward not backwards. I can't wait for 128 bit to come out but it will be awhile because it takes hardware and software companies some time to create to goods.
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23 May 2010   #7
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I would not agree with baccusboy here. I have no problem whatsoever with copying files on Windows 7 x64. I would suggest that memory might have something to do with it. If you have less than 2 GB of memory, then perhaps 64-bit is not for you. Memory is cheap on the other hand. If your motherboard allows it, add memory and you will see noticeable improvement in performance (i.e. how fast files are copied). Of course, the 32-bit version cannot use more than 3 GB or so, so if you plan to have more than that (i.e. 4, 6, 8 GB or more), then 64-bit is your only choice.
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23 May 2010   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I would not agree with baccusboy here. I have no problem whatsoever with copying files on Windows 7 x64. I would suggest that memory might have something to do with it. If you have less than 2 GB of memory, then perhaps 64-bit is not for you. Memory is cheap on the other hand. If your motherboard allows it, add memory and you will see noticeable improvement in performance (i.e. how fast files are copied). Of course, the 32-bit version cannot use more than 3 GB or so, so if you plan to have more than that (i.e. 4, 6, 8 GB or more), then 64-bit is your only choice.
Neither have I.

Best way to decide is if you are getting a new computer with more than 3 gigs of RAM. 64 is the way to go.

Can we please just make a 32v64 sticky in the General Forum?

~Lordbob
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23 May 2010   #9
ColdIce

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I would not agree with baccusboy here. I have no problem whatsoever with copying files on Windows 7 x64. I would suggest that memory might have something to do with it. If you have less than 2 GB of memory, then perhaps 64-bit is not for you. Memory is cheap on the other hand. If your motherboard allows it, add memory and you will see noticeable improvement in performance (i.e. how fast files are copied). Of course, the 32-bit version cannot use more than 3 GB or so, so if you plan to have more than that (i.e. 4, 6, 8 GB or more), then 64-bit is your only choice.
I have 4gb of ram, but windows says that 3.25gb is useable. So all my games that I play in 32, will not work in 64?

My board supports 8gb which is stupid, because the 770 chipset should support 16...anyway..when I insert more than 2x2 paired, it wont boot up. Even if I add 1gb RAM+the 2x2. It MUST be paired RAM, come in the same package! Fkn disgusting motherboard!

So I really don't need 64bit just because of more memory
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23 May 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ColdIce View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I would not agree with baccusboy here. I have no problem whatsoever with copying files on Windows 7 x64. I would suggest that memory might have something to do with it. If you have less than 2 GB of memory, then perhaps 64-bit is not for you. Memory is cheap on the other hand. If your motherboard allows it, add memory and you will see noticeable improvement in performance (i.e. how fast files are copied). Of course, the 32-bit version cannot use more than 3 GB or so, so if you plan to have more than that (i.e. 4, 6, 8 GB or more), then 64-bit is your only choice.
I have 4gb of ram, but windows says that 3.25gb is useable. So all my games that I play in 32, will not work in 64?

My board supports 8gb which is stupid, because the 770 chipset should support 16...anyway..when I insert more than 2x2 paired, it wont boot up. Even if I add 1gb RAM+the 2x2. It MUST be paired RAM, come in the same package! Fkn disgusting motherboard!

So I really don't need 64bit just because of more memory
Your computer only says 3.25 GB usable because that is all that x32bit can support. If you want to make use of all 4 gigs of RAM, you MUST use x64bit OS.

Most RAM is either dual or triple channel, which means that you must install 2 (or 3) sticks of RAM (generally of the same kind) for the motherboard to work. This is a consideration you should have looked at when you bought the computer if you later planned to upgrade.

No, you don't NEED x64 unless you want to use the 4 gigs. It does NOT cost more than the x32, and if you bought a x32 bit OS already, you should be able to get the x64 version for free, with the same product key.

~Lordbob
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