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Windows 7: 32bit better then 64?

15 Mar 2010   #31
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

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.

Driver issues ?

You mean years ago right ?

32bit is a dinosaur and a total waste of modern hardware (not just memory).

That outlook is exactly why many are still running XP 32bit and will never move forward.


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15 Mar 2010   #32
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

I partially agree. I think that for consumer usage, the transition to 64-bit is already happening. It's becoming more mainstream than ever before for companies such as Dell and HP to offer 64-bit versions of Windows 7 as standard features. Hell, even Mac OSX Snow Leopard is 64-bit. For legacy applications though, 32-bit is still a must, and, again, what I meant is that 32-bit should be left for compatibility purposes.
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15 Mar 2010   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I happen to have both - 32bit and 64bit Windows7. In my book the 32bit is to be preferred with up to 4GB of RAM. The 64bit gives me nothing but problems whilst the 32bit is smooth sailing since RTM was released. The problem is that all preinstalled systems seem to be 64bit these days. I needed a new laptop and there was no way to find a decent system with 32bit. I will not touch 64bit again until they have done their homework and buy a 32bir OEM license to replace the 64bit system on my 4GB laptop. 64bit reminds me the early days of Vista.
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15 Mar 2010   #34
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I happen to have both - 32bit and 64bit Windows7. In my book the 32bit is to be preferred with up to 4GB of RAM. The 64bit gives me nothing but problems whilst the 32bit is smooth sailing since RTM was released. The problem is that all preinstalled systems seem to be 64bit these days. i needed a new laptop and there was no way to find a decent system with 32bit. I will not touch 64bit again until they have done their homework and buy a 32bir OEM license to replace the 64bit system on my 4GB laptop. 64bit reminds me the early days of Vista.
Not here - clean installed the laptop in my specs, built the other 2 systems - all have x64, all are perfectly stable.
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15 Mar 2010   #35
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by helmutcheese View Post
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.

Driver issues ?

You mean years ago right ?

32bit is a dinosaur and a total waste of modern hardware (not just memory).

That outlook is exactly why many are still running XP 32bit and will never move forward.
yes driver issues, not years ago but now.

32bit is a dinosaur but were it not for an asteroid dinosaurs would still rule.

And just as many will stay on 64 bit when the next latest agreateset comes out in 128 bit

This is a discussion every has an opinion on and it probably wont die
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15 Mar 2010   #36
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Shame games are mostly still 32-bit. The 2GB limit for apps in that address space is annoying.
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15 Mar 2010   #37
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I happen to have both - 32bit and 64bit Windows7. In my book the 32bit is to be preferred with up to 4GB of RAM. The 64bit gives me nothing but problems whilst the 32bit is smooth sailing since RTM was released. The problem is that all preinstalled systems seem to be 64bit these days. i needed a new laptop and there was no way to find a decent system with 32bit. I will not touch 64bit again until they have done their homework and buy a 32bir OEM license to replace the 64bit system on my 4GB laptop. 64bit reminds me the early days of Vista.
Not here - clean installed the laptop in my specs, built the other 2 systems - all have x64, all are perfectly stable.
Well, maybe you were lucky. But mine is slow - it feels like my vintage Vista laptop from Febr. 2007 that has a lesser CPU and only half as much RAM - and they are both Gateways.
Then there are a few programs I use that do not run. The thing is only a few weeks old and I have hardly installed anything on it because I use it only for teaching at the computer club. So my outlook is not bright.
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15 Mar 2010   #38
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I happen to have both - 32bit and 64bit Windows7. In my book the 32bit is to be preferred with up to 4GB of RAM. The 64bit gives me nothing but problems whilst the 32bit is smooth sailing since RTM was released. The problem is that all preinstalled systems seem to be 64bit these days. I needed a new laptop and there was no way to find a decent system with 32bit. I will not touch 64bit again until they have done their homework and buy a 32bir OEM license to replace the 64bit system on my 4GB laptop. 64bit reminds me the early days of Vista.
I couldn't agree more...

A 10 year client called a few weeks ago and needed a new laptop. They insisted on Win 7 and wanted it today. I went to my local Staples and picked up a new Dell running X64. Iím not a Dell fan but had limited choices. Since then, itís been nothing but GRIEF!

Constant lockups, ongoing BSOFís, extremely slow, and a constant pain in the A$$! Since the release of this product, which is only 2 months, Dell has 2 bios updates, updates for all loaded applications, and has not been able to resolve the issues.

I would guess that if it was running 32bit instead of 64 this would not be a problem. As I continually monitor these kind of post I donít understand why MS hasnít addressed the clear issues that exist with x64Ö
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16 Mar 2010   #39
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, I don't understand what you're all griping about. I run x64 and it's perfectly fine. The one thing that won't run is Trackmania: Sunrise, but that's incompatible with Windows 7 altogether. I haven't had a single crash and I've been running this thing since December. Surely you can't blame these crashes and lockups on x64 altogether? This is like the transition from MS-DOS to Windows 95, aka 16-bit to 32-bit. 64-bit is the future. You forget that you can run 32-bit VMs in a 64-bit OS if you want compatibility.
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16 Mar 2010   #40
YTBOY83

Windows 7 64Bit Ultimate Edition SP1
 
 

I prefer X64 seeing as it can read more RAM than 32.

Plus windows 7 64 can run 32bit clients.
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