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Windows 7: 32 bit vs 64 bit Comparison

01 Dec 2010   #211
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by robin87 View Post
Hi man am little confused about what i should do ?
here is the specification of my processor plz tell me whether to use the 32bit or the 64bit
AMD Athlon9tm0 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5200+2.59GHz, 1.87GB of RAM
So please let me know coz am under windows XP that is about to blow up
The version am runnng had been setup sense 25/7/2005
I want to go for Win. 7 which one do u see it's more suitable for me the 32 or 64 bit.
Go with x32, as you don't have the minimum requirements for x64.

~Lordbob


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01 Dec 2010   #212
robin87

xp
 
 

thanks a lot
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18 Dec 2010   #213
TheBetaFox

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

My processor supports 64-bit, and I've got all the requirements needed for 64-bit Windows 7, although I'm sticking with 32-bit. Will changing to 64-bit make any difference or will it just eat twice the RAM if I have no 64-bit compatible apps other than Photoshop?
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18 Dec 2010   #214
Dilbert8056

Win 7 32 & 64bit
 
 

The only difference is that you will have access to all your installed memory. 64 bit apps do not 'eat' anything and are not inherently any faster than 32 bit apps.

Dil
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18 Dec 2010   #215
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheBetaFox View Post
My processor supports 64-bit, and I've got all the requirements needed for 64-bit Windows 7, although I'm sticking with 32-bit. Will changing to 64-bit make any difference or will it just eat twice the RAM if I have no 64-bit compatible apps other than Photoshop?
It will make a difference (for sure) if you have over 4 gigs of RAM.

Personally, I could probably get by with x32 as well, but why NOT use x64? The applications out there that are x64 native are small right now, but x64 is growing in popularity.

While there is no reason for you to NEED to switch over (especially if you are all setup on that install), it is definitely something you should do by your next computer or reinstall.

~Lordbob
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18 Dec 2010   #216
Dilbert8056

Win 7 32 & 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
It will make a difference (for sure) if you have over 4 gigs of RAM.

Personally, I could probably get by with x32 as well, but why NOT use x64? The applications out there that are x64 native are small right now, but x64 is growing in popularity.

While there is no reason for you to NEED to switch over (especially if you are all setup on that install), it is definitely something you should do by your next computer or reinstall.

~Lordbob
It will only make a difference if more memory is needed for a particular app or data set. I have 8Gb here and run both 32 + 64 bit Win 7 and there is no speed differences between the two. There are benefits to using 32 bit apps in a 64 bit environment, but speed ain't one of them. In fact I choose to use the 32 bit version of Office 2010 on my 64 bit Win 7 setup. There is absolutely no need to go crazy using 64 bit apps on a 64 bit OS.

Dil
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18 Dec 2010   #217
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dilbert8056 View Post
There is absolutely no need to go crazy using 64 bit apps on a 64 bit OS.
Maybe not, but there is also no reason NOT to use it.

I don't know if I would call it going crazy with them... There are not THAT many x64 native applications.

~Lordbob
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18 Dec 2010   #218
VIPBlueSky

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dilbert8056 View Post
There is absolutely no need to go crazy using 64 bit apps on a 64 bit OS.
Maybe not, but there is also no reason NOT to use it.

I don't know if I would call it going crazy with them... There are not THAT many x64 native applications.

~Lordbob
+1

Soon or later, more and more apps require memory. One of the example, adobe premiere CS 5 requires you to have x64 platform before you are allowed to install and use it.
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18 Dec 2010   #219
PhreePhly

Windows 7 x64 (RTM via MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dilbert8056 View Post
There is absolutely no need to go crazy using 64 bit apps on a 64 bit OS.
Maybe not, but there is also no reason NOT to use it.

I don't know if I would call it going crazy with them... There are not THAT many x64 native applications.

~Lordbob
Actually, in Dilbert's case, there may be a very good reason to stay with 32-bit Office. Many good commercial plug-ins only work in 32-bit. I have the same setup now, as well. I was running 64-bit Office, but needed to use an Excel add-on that only ran in 32-bit. I was a bit ticked I needed to remove and re-install Office. We're getting to 64-bit slowly and surely, but there are still a few hiccups on the the road to all 64-bit.
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18 Dec 2010   #220
Dilbert8056

Win 7 32 & 64bit
 
 

The problem is that many people think that 64 bit apps are inherently better or faster and that is just not the case.

@PhreePhly - love the sig!

DrT
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