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32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7?

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Can someone recommend which one I should go for and why, please. Rep left. Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Can someone recommend which one I should go for and why, please. Rep left.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#2
info incorrect as pointed out by a mature person.
#3
64bit.

There is no need to go with 32 bit at all, even though you only have 3 gig or ram, you may increase it in the future.
#4
doesnt it switch between the two automaticly im sure i read it did ?
#5
Hutchie
cant be 64 bit unless u have 4gb of ram


Incorrect
#6
if you have a 64 capable CPU then go with 64.
1 Like #7
sven256
64bit.

There is no need to go with 32 bit at all, even though you only have 3 gig or ram, you may increase it in the future.


Unless you value compatibility, not all software works properly under 64 bit (although for the most part it does) and not all drivers are available in 64 bit variants. Memory usage will also be higher in the 64 bit version of the OS.

John
#8
sven256
64bit.

There is no need to go with 32 bit at all, even though you only have 3 gig or ram, you may increase it in the future.


So with my current specs, 64bit will run smoothly?

I have a Vaio so I'm not sure if upgrading the memory is something I'll do...
1 Like #9
As above - depends on memory (including GPU), 4 gb and above needs 64 bit. Under that and there's no real reason for it - driver issues and also a (slight) slow down.
#10
In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type, and, under 64-bit capable, whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)


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#11
Johnmcl7
Unless you value compatibility, not all software works properly under 64 bit (although for the most part it does) and not all drivers are available in 64 bit variants. Memory usage will also be higher in the 64 bit version of the OS.

John


very very little software is not compatible with windows 64 bit.

And for drivers, this will only really be a issue if you have some very old hardware that has been discontinued, and does not have driver updates.
1 Like #12
Im gonna try 64bit when I do my next re-install. I was put off b4 as ppl kept saying there is compatability issues with old hardware but this is no longer true in a vast majority of cases.
Your pc will/should run 64bit and it would be better to migrate now rather than waiting for another couple of years unless you re-format your drive on a regular basis.
Hope that helps somewhat :)

edit - btw I'm not 100% sure but I think the viao has a seperat partition on your hd with the old operating system - make sure you delete this in order to gain max space.
1 Like #13
hdizzle
So with my current specs, 64bit will run smoothly?

I have a Vaio so I'm not sure if upgrading the memory is something I'll do...


It should run about the same as the 32 bit version. If not marginally quicker in certain things.
#14
Thanks a lot, I think I may just go with the 64-bit version! May add 1GB of RAM in the future, pretty clueless which one, and how though!

Thanks again!
#15
hdizzle
Thanks a lot, I think I may just go with the 64-bit version! May add 1GB of RAM in the future, pretty clueless which one, and how though!

Thanks again!


It may be hard to add 1 Gb of ram (depends how your current ram is set up).

Most laptops have 2 slots - so you may have one x 2Gb and one x 1Gb.

You would need to take out the 1Gb and replace it with a 2Gb.

Although to be honest you will hardly notice an increase from 3Gb to 4Gb.

Look at task manager to see how much ram you are currently using, bet you hardly ever use up to 2Gb, let alone 3Gb.
#16
guilbert53
It may be hard to add 1 Gb of ram (depends how your current ram is set up).

Most laptops have 2 slots - so you may have one x 2Gb and one x 1Gb.

You would need to take out the 1Gb and replace it with a 2Gb.

Although to be honest you will hardly notice an increase from 3Gb to 4Gb.

Look at task manager to see how much ram you are currently using, bet you hardly ever use up to 2Gb, let alone 3Gb.


Yep thanks thats really helpful, cheers

gonna go for the 64bit professional for students for £30. what a bargain!
#17
sven256
very very little software is not compatible with windows 64 bit.

And for drivers, this will only really be a issue if you have some very old hardware that has been discontinued, and does not have driver updates.


'very, very little' is vague and meaningless, it doesn't matter if most of the software in the world works fine but the software or hardware you want to use doesn't.

For my 2GB/3GB machines I just run them with the 32 bit version of the software, there doesn't seem much point in having the chance of compatibility issues and higher memory usage for virtually no benefit.

John

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