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    Windows 7 - 32 Bit or 64 Bit version

    Just about to take advantage of the student £30 offer. Wasn't sure whether to go for 32 or 64 Bit. From memory previous 64 Bit OS have struggled for driver support but with it becoming the norm for desktops to be produced with 4GB plus of RAM am I right in thinking that there will be a lot more support for 64bit this time around?

    Any advice would be great

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    [FONT=Verdana]The support for x64 is increasing at a steady enough pace but it's more for supporting servers that it's a more reliable option, in terms of application, device driver and hardware support going forward - I know fellow contractors who have had problems in the past, at a desktop level, but everything I've heard about x64 Windows 7 is very promising.

    The other thing to consider is whether your existing computer system/s can handle x64 - if not then your probably best to stick with x32 for the time being and purchase x64 when you upgrade your existing hardware.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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    The 64bit version of windows 7 release candidate has been running fine on my comp - my graphics card, sound card, webcam, tv tuner etc... all have working drivers.

    As long as your computer has a 64bit architecture I'd go for that version.

    what spec have you got neil?

    64bit compatibility has increased hoooogely since xp x64

    only thing was my TV card so had to upgrade and this was about a year ago.

    Original Poster

    I've currently running a;

    E6600
    2GB DDR2
    8800GTS

    I think I am only rellly looking into it because the option is there, dont want to feel like i'm missing out

    The limitations of a 32bit OS over the next couple of years will become more evident. This alone should make people choose 64bit.

    Original Poster

    so is the general consesus go for a 64??

    go for 64 bit

    i have 64 bit on my macbook pro 13 and have not had any issues on it. I also use 32 bit version at work

    and just to hi-jack this thread since i'm thinking about the 30 squid deal....am i right in thinking that win 7 pro does everything home premium does but has a couple of extra things? If so, presumably win 7 pro is the boy to get?

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    niallmoran;6460108

    and just to hi-jack this thread since i'm thinking about the 30 squid … and just to hi-jack this thread since i'm thinking about the 30 squid deal....am i right in thinking that win 7 pro does everything home premium does but has a couple of extra things? If so, presumably win 7 pro is the boy to get?



    I looked into that too. Pro is an improved Home Premium so it's a bit of a no brainer

    neilquane;6460548

    I looked into that too. Pro is an improved Home Premium so it's a bit of … I looked into that too. Pro is an improved Home Premium so it's a bit of a no brainer



    It is not really an improved version, it just has extra features over the Home version.

    One of the main features is the ability to join a Windows domain network, which is of course mainly for people in companies who connect to a Windows Server.

    I believe there is also an XP Mode in Professional but dont know much about that.

    You can also use Backup and Restore to backup to a network.

    So not that much for the average Home user (and certainly not worth the extra money for a home user)

    Versions compared here

    windows.microsoft.com/en-…are
    .

    does windows 7 professional contain office (not works), or is that only available purchased separately?

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    guilbert53;6460638

    It is not really an improved version, it just has extra features over the … It is not really an improved version, it just has extra features over the Home version.One of the main features is the ability to join a Windows domain network, which is of course mainly for people in companies who connect to a Windows Server.I believe there is also an XP Mode in Professional but dont know much about that.You can also use Backup and Restore to backup to a network. So not that much for the average Home user (and certainly not worth the extra money for a home user)Versions compared herehttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare.



    Thanks! Students can choose eithe Home premium or Pro for £30 so the extra functionality is a nice freebie

    the dandy p;6460701

    does windows 7 professional contain office (not works), or is that only … does windows 7 professional contain office (not works), or is that only available purchased separately?



    It's not included. You can get that for cheap from theultimatesteal.com (or something like that)

    win 7 pro legit here we come then - cheers guys, rep all round :-D

    def. def. 64bit - driver support is excellent for a very wide range of hardware and 64bit apps, and of course massively increased ram support are a frther justification

    Banned

    wheres the £30 student deal?

    how do you choose windows 7 pro instead of home premium?

    neilquane;6459790

    I've currently running a;E66002GB DDR28800GTSI think I am only rellly … I've currently running a;E66002GB DDR28800GTSI think I am only rellly looking into it because the option is there, dont want to feel like i'm missing out



    I'd stick with 32 bit unless you're planning on upgrading your machine's ram for Windows 7, while 64 bit has some performance advantages for natively compiled 64 bit software as you've only 2GB ram you won't benefit from being able to use mor than 3.5GB ram plus you'll have the disadvantages of possibly non-working software (64 bit is reasonably well supported but not flawless) and possibly reduced performance due to the way 64 bit handles ram.

    JOhn

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    64 bit all the way..only if ur gonna be playin dx 11 games thoguh

    Banned

    wish i was a student again :-(((
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