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Windows 7: [Help] 32 or 64bit ?

09 May 2009   #1
Cesarcsrf

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100
 
 
[Help] 32 or 64bit ?

Hey guys i just installed Windows Ultimate 7 7100 32bit, and i saw that only 3GB of my ram are used.. so should i install 64bit ?

i'm using a laptop, here are the specs, thanks for any help




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09 May 2009   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you are planning to got o x64 when the RTM comes out, I would just install x64 now. That way you will not have many changes when you have to install it in October-September and possibly have issues.

If however you plan to stay wit 32 bit (which is fine)....just stay with what you have now. The 1GB of RAM will not be recognized but it's not a big deal depending on what kinds of programs you are running.

So it can get complicated but it's really pretty simple. Your choice.
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09 May 2009   #3
Cesarcsrf

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100
 
 

like in games it will make a difference ? and watching HD videos ?

can i update this version of Windows for 62 without losing any data at all ?
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09 May 2009   #4
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

No, you cannot upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit without doing a "clean install" That's why I suggested you switch now if you plan to switch to 64 bit later.

It sounds like it's going to bother you. I would get the 64 bit DVD and do a clean install now. That way you can get used to it, use all of your RAM and do another clean install to the RTM when it comes out later this year.

I hope this has helped you. You can also read a number of threads on 32 vs 64 bit on this forum. There is some very good information here. Just search for 64 vs 32 bit and two or three will come up if you want to know more.

I would just switch now and be done with it so you can use your hardware to the fullest.

Hope this helped. Have a great day.
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09 May 2009   #5
damoh

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
No, you cannot upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit without doing a "clean install" That's why I suggested you switch now if you plan to switch to 64 bit later.

It sounds like it's going to bother you. I would get the 64 bit DVD and do a clean install now. That way you can get used to it, use all of your RAM and do another clean install to the RTM when it comes out later this year.

I hope this has helped you. You can also read a number of threads on 32 vs 64 bit on this forum. There is some very good information here. Just search for 64 vs 32 bit and two or three will come up if you want to know more.

I would just switch now and be done with it so you can use your hardware to the fullest.

Hope this helped. Have a great day.


100% agree, install and you will forget what 32 was like
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09 May 2009   #6
Cesarcsrf

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100
 
 

i read all some threads here and it seems like i won't be losing anything for installing the 64bits edition... i will give it a try , thanks guys
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10 May 2009   #7
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cesarcsrf View Post
i read all some threads here and it seems like i won't be losing anything for installing the 64bits edition... i will give it a try , thanks guys
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I'd be interested to know what you think after you've tried it. From what I've read x64 doesn't seem to have a clear advantage on a 4 gig system. Yes, the 64 bit OS utilizes all of the last gig, but it also needs more ram so you may only be breaking even in terms of what's actually available to applications. It's also debatable whether there's any improvement in performance given the limitations of 32 bit applications.
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10 May 2009   #8
Cesarcsrf

Windows 7 Ultimate 7100
 
 

well so far so good i tested and processor,ram and Graphics went up 1 point check it out


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12 May 2009   #9
usasma
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I have tried Vista x86 and x64 with 4 gB of RAM and haven't found any significant differences in performance. There's also an article here that tends to confirm this: Vista Workshop: More RAM, More Speed : Windows Vista With 8 GB - Review Tom's Hardware

If you're a gamer, then you'll want the best performance that you can get. In that case you'll have to start with looking at your video card. There are 2 reasons for this:
- it's affecting your performance score in the screenshots above.
- the video card is the biggest reason that you can't see all 4 gB of RAM. This is because it reserves address space below the 4gB limit for it's own use (so the RAM can't use it).

So it's basically a slow video card that's also preventing you from using a portion of your RAM. But, if the video card is using shared video memory (a part of your RAM), then it's possible that that part of your RAM is being used in the reserved address space for the video card. What this means is that any performance increase caused by switching to x64 could be less than expected.

Finally, if this is a laptop, then I'd wonder about the availability of larger RAM modules for it.
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12 May 2009   #10
CalebDK

Windows Vista Home Basic x32 OEM
 
 

offtopic: wow your rating is 3.8?! that just shut down my idea of getting a laptop, my desktops lowest rating is 5.9 and thats my data transfer
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