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post #11 of 33
Go for 64bit, no issue with 32-bit applications anyway
post #12 of 33
Yes!
post #13 of 33
If you can go with the 64bit operating system, most 32bit programs can run in compatability mode without issue.

However double check your MUST have software to see if it is compatable with a 64bit operating system. At work we have 1 program that is mission critical that does not work in compatability mode and thus the computers we put into that department are 32 bit operating systems.
post #14 of 33
There won't be any noticeable performance improvements through regular everyday usage. Windows x64 is really just to enable further functionality and ability to run 64 bit programs and to address more memory. If you're running on a computer with less than 4GB of RAM, there's no real need to use x64. Especially if your OS drive is a SSD and you're trying to save as much space as possible. Win7 64 will eat almost twice as much space as Win7 32. There are isolated cases where certain programs and software will have compatibility problems with x64 but these are few and far between.

Basically, if you have 4GB of RAM+ and space isn't an issue on your drive, run x64 and don't look back.
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Originally Posted by kaistledine;14446992 
but the majority of my software isnt 64 bit :/

Does not matter, 32 bit programs run just fine in 64 bit.

64 bit is just the way to go now. My brother installed 32 bit because he said he does not need 64 bit, but now with RAM prices so cheap, he got another 4 gigs (he had 2), but can't use it all due to being 32 bit.
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My laptop runs 64-bit and if I had 32-bit Vista not all of my RAM would get used. Although, it still complains about running out of RAM when only 3GB is being used.... stupid mobile RAM.
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You saying you might go with 4-8 GBs or ram so you need an x64 OS to use all of the RAM
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The only issue I heard is with fallout new vegas and windows 7 64 bit. I don't play the game so I can't confirm, but I've heard in forums that people with 64 bit win7 are having issues with that game.

Heck with the prices of RAM these days you might as well get 8 GB! But there really isn't much point in having more than 4GB if you're just a gamer smile.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blupupher;14448946 
Does not matter, 32 bit programs run just fine in 64 bit.

64 bit is just the way to go now. My brother installed 32 bit because he said he does not need 64 bit, but now with RAM prices so cheap, he got another 4 gigs (he had 2), but can't use it all due to being 32 bit.

Have your brother check to make sure he has PAE mode enabled on his computer. With PAE mode the OS will detect all of his installed RAM and report it correctly to the kernel. This will effectively increase his physical address to 36 bit total.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FlawleZ;14449148 
Have your brother check to make sure he has PAE mode enabled on his computer. With PAE mode the OS will detect all of his installed RAM and report it correctly to the kernel. This will effectively increase his physical address to 36 bit total.

32-Bit applications will still only be able to use 3.2GB of RAM. And either way, Microsoft limit 32-Bit operating systems to use only 4GB of RAM unless a kernel modification is made, and that isn't recommended.
    
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