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Windows 7: 32 or 64 bit

21 Oct 2009   #1
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
32 or 64 bit

I'm really confused as to which version I should install, and why. Any advice would be appreciated.


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21 Oct 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
I'm really confused as to which version I should install, and why. Any advice would be appreciated.
It depends on what you want to use it for, and if the computer can run 64bit.

If you dont do any 3d modeling, video editing, etc 32bit is smaller and easier to get drivers for. If your computer can run 64bit and you have enough ram 64bit is faster and is a more modern OS, but drivers can be a problem. Im running 32bit

Ken
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21 Oct 2009   #3
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

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I'm really confused as to which version I should install, and why. Any advice would be appreciated.
It depends on what you want to use it for, and if the computer can run 64bit.

If you dont do any 3d modeling, video editing, etc 32bit is smaller and easier to get drivers for. If your computer can run 64bit and you have enough ram 64bit is faster and is a more modern OS, but drivers can be a problem. Im running 32bit

Ken
Thanks Ken. I probably should stick with the 32 bit. I have the system to go 64 bit but with my luck...I'd mess up the world with it.
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21 Oct 2009   #4
zone23

Windows 7 X64
 
 

If you can install x64 and find all the drivers for your computer and printer then I would go x64. If it works out of the box there is no downside really. Try the x64 if it works keep it, if nothing works then dump it. I might have to use 32bit on my laptop because it crashes with x64 so I don't have a choice.
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21 Oct 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
I'm really confused as to which version I should install, and why. Any advice would be appreciated.
It depends on what you want to use it for, and if the computer can run 64bit.

If you dont do any 3d modeling, video editing, etc 32bit is smaller and easier to get drivers for. If your computer can run 64bit and you have enough ram 64bit is faster and is a more modern OS, but drivers can be a problem. Im running 32bit

Ken
Thanks Ken. I probably should stick with the 32 bit. I have the system to go 64 bit but with my luck...I'd mess up the world with it.
You can always change later when you are more comfortable with win 7. Remember we are always here to walk you thru things

good luck mate

Ken
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21 Oct 2009   #6
hance

windows 7 Entreprise x64
 
 

64bit will help you more in the future when you have more than 4go of ram.

some application like photoshop lightroom has a version of x64 to be able to use full the ressources of ram of your computer.

hope that helps

Hance
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21 Oct 2009   #7
Dickstar

W7 HP 64-bit on my desktop, and W7 ultimate 32-bit on my MSI Wind (lol)
 
 

If you have 4GB ram or more, go for 64-bit. If you have less, there's no point.
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21 Oct 2009   #8
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Would 64 run OK with just 4 gb RAM? I have 4 installed ddr2 800 and I have an extra 2 gb RAM but it's ddr2 667. That would give me 6 gb but it would downgrade the 800 ram. It wouldn't help, would it? If it will run OK with 4 gb for now, then I could get another 4 to match later.
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21 Oct 2009   #9
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
Would 64 run OK with just 4 gb RAM? I have 4 installed ddr2 800 and I have an extra 2 gb RAM but it's ddr2 667. That would give me 6 gb but it would downgrade the 800 ram. It wouldn't help, would it? If it will run OK with 4 gb for now, then I could get another 4 to match later.
I'm running on a, well not low-end but mid-range, laptop with only 4gb DDR2 800mhz RAM. I run 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, never had any problems regarding RAM.

As for using the extra 2gb 667mhz, I'd try it out and see if you notice a large performance drop or not, if not then just use it until you get matching RAM, if it does then, well the answer is obvious.
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21 Oct 2009   #10
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

4GB of RAM isnt the only reason to go to 64bit OS... as many have led you to believe. More RAM wasnt the only reason we moved from a 16 to a 32 bit OS! The OS and all apps should run faster on the 64bit version than they do on the 32 bit version! 64 bit OSes are the future that's for sure, and most recent PC and manufacturers support it.

But hardware is a big issue... as many have said your CPU must support 64 bit. All dual and quad cores today do. If you have a PC that wasnt Vista Ready or Compatable, good luck! The 64 bit drivers can be a hassle to find, so do your homework first.

I just did a quick check of the Asus website for 64 bit drivers for your onboard video/sound/ethernet,etc... fully supported! Here: http://ca.asus.com/Product.aspx?P_ID=KjpYqzmAd9vsTM2D

HAPPY INSTALL!
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