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Windows 7: 32 or 64 ?

06 Nov 2009   #1
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
32 or 64 ?

Can I install 32 bit version and later switch to 64 bit when I can get more ram?


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06 Nov 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
Can I install 32 bit version and later switch to 64 bit when I can get more ram?
Hi and welcome


Of course you can but you will have to do a clean install and re-install your apps

Hope this helps


Ken J
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06 Nov 2009   #3
ba5ik

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

You have more than enough RAM to go 64, so why wouldnt you? 64 bit doesn't require more RAM, it can use more to put it simply.

With your specs there is no reason to go 64 from the start...
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06 Nov 2009   #4
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

RAM isn't the only factor to consider. Do you have older devices which may not have equivalent 64-bit drivers available?
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06 Nov 2009   #5
Crazy Buddhist

 
 

Not only do you have more than enough RAM - the 32 bit version won't even be using all you have whereas the 64 bit version will.

I'd try installing 64 right away as that is where computing is going, your system can handle it and, as long as you aren't left with a bunch of non working peripherals, you have nothing to lose.

Crazy B
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07 Nov 2009   #6
mcleod55

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sorry, I should have been a little clearer on my original post. I am already running 64 bit on mine. I am updating my sons computer. He has a Athlon 64 2.4 ghz processor with 2 gb ram. I know his system would be fine going 64 bit with more ram. Not so sure how it would do with just 2gb though. That's why I was wanting info on going 32 bit to start with and later going to the 64 bit OS.

Thanks again for the input.
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07 Nov 2009   #7
zx81

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mcleod55 View Post
Sorry, I should have been a little clearer on my original post. I am already running 64 bit on mine. I am updating my sons computer. He has a Athlon 64 2.4 ghz processor with 2 gb ram. I know his system would be fine going 64 bit with more ram. Not so sure how it would do with just 2gb though. That's why I was wanting info on going 32 bit to start with and later going to the 64 bit OS.

Thanks again for the input.
Hello mcleod55,

Why not using this moment to upgrade the memory of your sons computer? It is not that expensive if I am correct.
I installed Windows 7 x64, and it works great ;-)

Best regards,

zx81
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07 Nov 2009   #8
poin2

Windows7
 
 

I'd just go ahead and put 64-bit on his system to start so you don't have to fresh install again later.

It simply won't shine as much as it can with only 2GB, but it should work fine. You can add more RAM as you want. The main concern right now is if any older hardware you have lying around doesn't have 64-bit drivers.

I'd only put on 32-bit if you have zero plan to upgrade the RAM, ever.
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07 Nov 2009   #9
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

Careful putting x64 on 2GB of RAM, as 2GB is the minimum for x64.
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07 Nov 2009   #10
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Another item to consider is since it is your sons PC... he probably has many games.

Check them all to make sure they will run on 64 bit OS... or Daddy may have to buy new games!

And 2GB RAM is only $50-60 USD!
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