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

19 Sep 2009   #41
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

what do you need more than 3.5 gigs of RAM for? I've never needed that much and I do heavy gaming. A 64-bit processor will run 32-bit code just fine.


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19 Sep 2009   #42
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

I am sure there is nothing wrong with it. I am just stating that I will not beable to use more then 3.5 gigs of Ram and use the 64bit side of my processor.
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19 Sep 2009   #43
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

You can if you dual-boot 32 and 64-bit like I do. I still use 32-bit XP 99% of the time anyways.
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19 Sep 2009   #44
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

I do have a dual boot of XP x86 and x64 and use the x86 99% of the time. I am just trying to find out some info on Windows 7 to see if some of the barriers that held back XP x86 was the same in Windows 7 x86.

Thank you for your time. I will keep looking to see what I can find out.

mttomb

MCP,
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19 Sep 2009   #45
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

yeah, the problem is the same. 32-bit drivers are no good for 64-bit. If you have hardware that isn't 64-bit capable, stick with 32-bit. Only other choice is to buy new hardware, which I'm sure the company that stopped supporting your current hardware will just love.
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19 Sep 2009   #46
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

I know it runs fine, but I swear that my system would be faster with more RAM that I am not using. I am running:

EVGA x58 Motherboard
2.33 GHz Quad 1066 FSB
2.75 GB of RAM that it finds
1 TARA hard drive with the XP x86 version having 400gig partion with 378 gigs free

and it sometimes takes a long time to load up the simplest programs. Long time is 2 to 3 mins to load up a 31 MB program on another drive. Most of the time it will take 5 to 10 seconds.
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19 Sep 2009   #47
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

I have a system here with a EVGA mainboard, 1.5 gigs of RAM. I did many benchmarks between XP 32-bit and Win7 64-bit on single core and dual core processors and XP 32-bit was the fastest a great majority of the time.
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19 Sep 2009   #48
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

When I upgraded to the Quad I didn't do any benchmarks and now I wish I did because I swear it runs the same speed as my dual core did with the same OS system and better FSB.
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19 Sep 2009   #49
mttomb

Windows XP Pro
 
 

EVGA motherboard are you using?
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19 Sep 2009   #50
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

This particular EVGA motherboard is an older nForce SLI.

You're not going to notice much difference between 2 core and 4 core until you start using applications that make efficient use of all the cores.
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