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Windows 7: 32bit better then 64?

15 Mar 2010   #11
Konceptz804

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I can't remember where I read this, but WEI supposedly "adjusts" the windows install to your hardware. On every clean install I try to run it after I install chipset drivers, and degrag, afterwards I continue on installing my software. But unless some critical app you run or require doesn't work under 64bit, there is absolutely no reason other then personal preference to still be running a 32bit OS in this day and age.


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15 Mar 2010   #12
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

IMO, Windows 7 is the start of 64-bit as a standard, whereas Windows XP x64 and Vista x64 were more proof-of-concept than polished and ready for consumer usage. Maybe it's just me, but at this point running Windows 7 x86 just seems unecessary. Besides, any 32-bit version of Windows (ie XP, Vista, 7) will only see up to about 3.5 GB of RAM, whereas for 64-bit versions of Windows 7, you can have up to:
  • Starter: 8GB
  • Home Basic: 8GB
  • Home Premium: 16GB
  • Professional: 192GB
  • Enterprise: 192GB
  • Ultimate: 192GB
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15 Mar 2010   #13
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Konceptz804 View Post
I can't remember where I read this, but WEI supposedly "adjusts" the windows install to your hardware. On every clean install I try to run it after I install chipset drivers, and degrag, afterwards I continue on installing my software. But unless some critical app you run or require doesn't work under 64bit, there is absolutely no reason other then personal preference to still be running a 32bit OS in this day and age.
Actually there is a reason. If you have 4 or more gigs of RAM, you will not be able to use them with 32x....so while a mobo might support 16G of ram, you are still stuck at ~3.25G of ram. other than that, yes all programs still have 32x versions as it is still the most used, but if you go and buy a new computer, all you will see for win7 is 64x

Edit: yeah what Fred said
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15 Mar 2010   #14
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The truth is x64 uses more resources, and has a lot more problems, especially driver issues.

Unless I have 4GB or more of RAM, I install the 32-bit version. I don't see any sense risking BSODs, using more resources, and having the few incompatible programs when I only have 2GB.
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15 Mar 2010   #15
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Jonathan,
Precisely, If i'm advising a non-techie, plain email, word, play dvd/cd user then I always recommend 32 bit. Someday 64 bit will be as solid as 32bit but that day is not here yet.
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15 Mar 2010   #16
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Jonathan,
Precisely, If i'm advising a non-techie, plain email, word, play dvd/cd user then I always recommend 32 bit. Someday 64 bit will be as solid as 32bit but that day is not here yet.
When a BSOD happens on any system - x86 or x86-64 - its the users fault. 64-bit is stable and 32-bit is heading the way of the dodo.
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15 Mar 2010   #17
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ken can back me up on this, the vast majority of BSODs are x64.

It is true 64-bit has less driver support, but it is not a big issue anymore. There are few programs and drivers not compatible with x64 at this point.
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15 Mar 2010   #18
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
The truth is x64 uses more resources, and has a lot more problems, especially driver issues.

Unless I have 4GB or more of RAM, I install the 32-bit version. I don't see any sense risking BSODs, using more resources, and having the few incompatible programs when I only have 2GB.
I agree and though 32 bit is on its way out, it still is more stable.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Jonathan,
Precisely, If i'm advising a non-techie, plain email, word, play dvd/cd user then I always recommend 32 bit. Someday 64 bit will be as solid as 32bit but that day is not here yet.
Absolutely. Unless the average user is going to be doing instense video editing, or something else like gaming they are never going to need more than the 3.25 Gigs In my humble opinion.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Jonathan,
Precisely, If i'm advising a non-techie, plain email, word, play dvd/cd user then I always recommend 32 bit. Someday 64 bit will be as solid as 32bit but that day is not here yet.
When a BSOD happens on any system - x86 or x86-64 - its the users fault. 64-bit is stable and 32-bit is heading the way of the dodo.
I beg to differ. As someone who has done thousands of BSOD's the majority of them 64 bit, I would have to agree with Johnathan_King and conclude that 64 bit does have more problems with drivers and memory.

The statement that BSOD's are the Users fault denies the obvious poorly written drivers, and many other factors.

Yes 32 Bit is headed the way of the Dodo, just not yet.

In short to answer the thread starters question, unless there is a pressing need for more processing power 32 bit will suffice.
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15 Mar 2010   #19
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Ken can back me up on this, the vast majority of BSODs are x64.

It is true 64-bit has less driver support, but it is not a big issue anymore. There are few programs and drivers not compatible with x64 at this point.
BSOD's are caused by users - wrong software/outdated drivers. 7 is stable.
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15 Mar 2010   #20
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Ken can back me up on this, the vast majority of BSODs are x64.

It is true 64-bit has less driver support, but it is not a big issue anymore. There are few programs and drivers not compatible with x64 at this point.
BSOD's are caused by users - wrong software/outdated drivers. 7 is stable.
Nope we must agree to dis-agree.
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