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Windows 7: Install Win 7 Ultimate x86 or x64 with 4GB RAM?

12 Aug 2009   #31
Rothchild

Win7 Ult x32 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AdrianR View Post
You're welcome. I'm new here too, and know next to nothing about x64 (except the general theories of things learned as a computer programmer), so take what I say with a grain of salt.

For me, it was an Atari 800 and Apple II Plus (vs. a Commodore 64), but damn, I still remember loading apps into the computer via a tape recorder to this day!
Wow, you got me beat. I was a hobby programmer, dabbled in a bit of this and that. If you want to go into theories, I'll whup ya in text-based multi-player games (MUD's). Only Atari I knew was the 2600, best gaming console ever. I started with the 5.25" floppy... And when the 3.5" floppy came out, I could never get my parents to stop calling it a hard disk, no matter how many times I explained it.


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13 Aug 2009   #32
AdrianR

Windows XP
 
 

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Wow, you got me beat. I was a hobby programmer, dabbled in a bit of this and that. If you want to go into theories, I'll whup ya in text-based multi-player games (MUD's). Only Atari I knew was the 2600, best gaming console ever. I started with the 5.25" floppy... And when the 3.5" floppy came out, I could never get my parents to stop calling it a hard disk, no matter how many times I explained it.
Its funny, I was really into AD&D (pen and paper version), but never did MUDs. Jumped straight into computer RPG games like Wizardry.

I owned an Atari 2600 too, and a Fairchild too at one point. Fun consoles for their time.

Yeah when I was first using a computer, floppy drives only existed in the big mainframe shops, and the disks were something like 8" big! I remember when I got my first floppy drive for my Apple II+ it was a big event. Right after that I upgraded my 300 baud modem to a 1200 baud one, and I thought that I was so uber!

Ain't progress grand?

EDIT: Actually, I end up calling my DSL comm device a 'modem' to this day, so I can relate to the parents calling the 3.5" floppy a hard drive.
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15 Aug 2009   #33
Adrian

 

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Thanks for the reply. Have you noticed if you are seeing page memory paging to the hard drive since using Win 7 x64 than your previous x86 OS?

Wish I could use 8GB RAM, be sweet. Don't know why the M1710 has the 4GB max RAM cap, since its not a very old PC, but meh. /shrug
X86 vs X64 is the advancement of the technology.
You must decide on your needs and what OS will handle those needs.
If U are satisfied with a 32 bit OS then why change?
Everyone is different and have different needs. X64 archirecture is faster, OS 7 64 bit addresses memory usage more efficiently and uses more of the installed memeory.
Again base your decision on what your current and future needs will be.

Let us know what you decide.
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15 Aug 2009   #34
Adrian

 

I owned an Atari 2600 too, and a Fairchild too at one point. Fun consoles for their time.



Ain't progress grand?

EDIT: Actually, I end up calling my DSL comm device a 'modem' to this day, so I can relate to the parents calling the 3.5" floppy a hard drive.[/QUOTE]
Ah Yes! A fellow Atarian!
Those were the "Groundbreaking Days".
Bushnell had somthing there but could not c it! Now he is making pizza for Chukee Chz.
I still fondly remember my DSP Jag.

Sigh!
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15 Aug 2009   #35
AdrianR

Windows XP
 
 

I really enjoyed my Atari 800. Atari never seemed to be able to figure out what to do with their 'computer' (vs. gaming) consoles. Never got a chance to own a Jaguar, heard it was a good machine.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Adrian View Post
I owned an Atari 2600 too, and a Fairchild too at one point. Fun consoles for their time.



Ain't progress grand?

EDIT: Actually, I end up calling my DSL comm device a 'modem' to this day, so I can relate to the parents calling the 3.5" floppy a hard drive.
Ah Yes! A fellow Atarian!
Those were the "Groundbreaking Days".
Bushnell had somthing there but could not c it! Now he is making pizza for Chukee Chz.
I still fondly remember my DSP Jag.

Sigh!
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15 Aug 2009   #36
Cheesegeezer

Windows 7 7201
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AdrianR View Post
Doesn't anyone know the overhead in RAM between x64 and x86?
I have both x86 and x64 installed on my machine. I have a 780g mobo with ATI 3200 HD onboard graphics which is set to use 512mb of the memory. I also have 4gb installed @ 800Mhz. On my 32bit version, windows shows 2.75gb of available memory. On the 64bit version, it shows 3.50gb of available memory.

I'm new to 64bit computing but haven't noticed any major gains, however my computer is purely a HTPC and I never use any demanding apps on it.
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19 Sep 2009   #37
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 
Windows 7 x86

Isn't it also to ask does the x64 version of Windows 7 use the x86 drivers. That should be another question you should ask. Not just the 500MBs of ram that is not accounted for, but will you have to find x64 drivers for all of your older hardware. Now for me I can't go to x64 OS system because I don't have the money to go out and get new printers and other devices that manufactors only put out x86 drivers.

Thanks you for your time.

mttomb

MCP, MCDST
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19 Sep 2009   #38
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

No worries mttomb. You would only be wasting money if re-buying hardware you already own just to add 64-bit support.
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19 Sep 2009   #39
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

But some of the hardware that I am using don't have x64 drivers therefor I can not use them in the x64 environment unless I have the x64 drivers. Are you saying that Windows 7 x64 can use the 32 bit drivers to reconize and run my older hardware, like a printer?

mttomb
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19 Sep 2009   #40
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I'm saying don't worry about it. Stick with 32-bit. There's nothing wrong with it.
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