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Windows 7: 32bit better then 64?

16 Mar 2010   #51
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
My experience doesn't lead me to believe that 32 or 64 bit is inherently more stable. On the other hand, my experience does lead me to believe there are fewer compatibility issues with 32-bit over 64-bit.
They should be equally stable --all else being equal-- since they both run in 64bit CPUs with 64 bit registers. That is to say the 32bit code runs in the same space as the 64bit... it's not like the CPU has 2 different modes or that it's got some kind of switch inside... It's all running in the exact same hardware. 32bit software just doesn't use 64bit instructions. If there is a difference in stability it's going to be in software and most likely in the drivers.

Still this is always an interesting debate.... I do hop you don't mind me jumping in with my opinion.


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16 Mar 2010   #52
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Not at all the more the merrier. Every one is entitled to their own opinion
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16 Mar 2010   #53
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I would like to know though factually if 64 is more stable than 32. If you do have a source for this statement please post it..
I don't think there is any hard and solid proof. The ability to use it successfully will depend very much on the hardware you use and the versions of the drivers that you use.

My experience doesn't lead me to believe that 32 or 64 bit is inherently more stable. On the other hand, my experience does lead me to believe there are fewer compatibility issues with 32-bit over 64-bit.

My opinion is that without 4GB of RAM or more...just stick with 32-bit for the time being.
+1, I think this is a good compromise position to take. Fortunately we have choices (except when you want to buy a new preinstalled system which seem to be all x64), so to each his own.
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16 Mar 2010   #54
neo101

WIN7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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Who said they were not entitled to their opinions ?

Most peeps are like Sheep though and follow others who spread totally false BS about something.

The FACT remains 64bit IS more stable than 32bit.
Give me some data that contradicts my own experience. Anybody can have an opinion, but I am running both 32 and 64bit and can compare.

Give me infomation that proves 64bit is less stable than 32bit !
Are YOU blind - I pointed you to a 64bit site which exposes that it is not fully ready for the working/business world!

"Microsoft is advising its customers to install the 32-bit, rather than the 64-bit, version of Office 2010.
The advice is tucked away in an FAQ about the Office 2010 Tech Guarantee programme, which will ensure that buyers of Office 2007 will get a free upgrade to the new Office suite when its launched."

Stone age - WORKS!
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16 Mar 2010   #55
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

Office is hardly an app that needs be 64bit and has not been 64bit as long as the OS has.

This topic is about Windows AFAICS.

So NO I AINT blind.

Go back to your cave !

Again how me proof (not your unimpoprtnat BS) that 64bit Vista or Win 7 are less stable than 32bit Vista or Win 7 !
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16 Mar 2010   #56
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by helmutcheese View Post
Office is hardly an app that needs be 64bit and has not been 64bit as long as the OS has.

This topic is about Windows AFAICS.

So NO I AINT blind.

Go back to your cave !

Again how me proof (not your unimpoprtnat BS) that 64bit Vista or Win 7 are less stable than 32bit Vista or Win 7 !
Now Now. PLAY NICE. just remember the forums rules.
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16 Mar 2010   #57
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think the topic is getting out of hand and everyone will camp on their positions anyhow. There is nothing more to be learned. The OP will have enough input reading thru the thread.
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16 Mar 2010   #58
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Like I said before, for consumer use, x64 is the new x86. For business use, x86 is still the way to go, unless maybe you're running servers. No one mentioned the fact that virtualization on a server is the one of the most cost-effective business strategies you can employ. You can virtualize x86 software on an x64 platform. Hence, we have XP Mode, for example.
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