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I am deciding to use Boot Camp to dual port Windows and Mac OSX on my MacBook so I can play GW2. I currently have 4 GB of RAM (I upgraded about a month ago), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, and an INVIDIA GeForce 9800M 256 MB graphics card. I am wondering which Win7 processor to buy, the 64-Bit or 32-Bit, Please help me out. The only thing I will be doing on the Windows port will be GW2, and some internet usage.

Also, I know not really part of this thread, but since I will be using Boot Camp to dual port, will I need security software to be safe, I presume so, but don't want to waste any more space and power than needed. Thanks
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Go full 64bit, 32 might only recognize up to 3GB RAM.

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Do you think the 64 Bit will use up to much processing power?
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64bit. Yea you'll want to download the updates.

No to the above question. If you're going to upgrade to 8gb of ram in the future you'll def want 64bit else you're stuck w/ 3.xxgb of ram.
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I am deciding to use Boot Camp to dual port Windows and Mac OSX on my MacBook so I can play GW2. I currently have 4 GB of RAM (I upgraded about a month ago), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, and an INVIDIA GeForce 9800M 256 MB graphics card. I am wondering which Win7 processor to buy, the 64-Bit or 32-Bit, Please help me out. The only thing I will be doing on the Windows port will be GW2, and some internet usage.
Also, I know not really part of this thread, but since I will be using Boot Camp to dual port, will I need security software to be safe, I presume so, but don't want to waste any more space and power than needed. Thanks

Im not familiar with bootcamp, will it be run within the apple os or you will boot to windows 7 (not a window inside the apple os)

Assuming bootcamp is like virtualpc or other virtual machines you will be running windows 7 almost like a program, that means if you have 4GB you might only want to assign 2GB of memory to the virtual machine since the mac os still needs some too. In that case 32bit windows is fine.

If bootcamp is a way to boot to windows when you turn on your laptop then you will be able to use all 4gb and win7 64bit will be good.

BUT honestly windows 7 64bit will be more versatile. I have seen it run fine on laptops with only 2GB of memory, I even tried both versions on my netbook without any noticeable difference.

Try finding someone with a windows 7 iso file, there are tricks around win7 to unlock every version and its not illegal since you still need to enter a key to activate, that WILL ALLOW you 30days of use before it says you need the key. This process can be extended up to 90days also by "rearming" the service that keeps track of the time
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64 bit because it supports the amount of ram you have.

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Im not familiar with bootcamp, will it be run within the apple os or you will boot to windows 7 (not a window inside the apple os)
Assuming bootcamp is like virtualpc or other virtual machines you will be running windows 7 almost like a program, that means if you have 4GB you might only want to assign 2GB of memory to the virtual machine since the mac os still needs some too. In that case 32bit windows is fine.
If bootcamp is a way to boot to windows when you turn on your laptop then you will be able to use all 4gb and win7 64bit will be good.
BUT honestly windows 7 64bit will be more versatile. I have seen it run fine on laptops with only 2GB of memory, I even tried both versions on my netbook without any noticeable difference.
Try finding someone with a windows 7 iso file, there are tricks around win7 to unlock every version and its not illegal since you still need to enter a key to activate, that WILL ALLOW you 30days of use before it says you need the key. This process can be extended up to 90days also by "rearming" the service that keeps track of the time

Boot Camp lets you basically use Windows instead of OSX at any given time, you an switch back and forth fairly easily. Thanks for the help, and I cant ever upgrade to 8 gb of RAM because my comp wont handle it, but I will be using the 64 bit win7. Thanks for all the help.
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Boot Camp lets you basically use Windows instead of OSX at any given time, you an switch back and forth fairly easily. Thanks for the help, and I cant ever upgrade to 8 gb of RAM because my comp wont handle it, but I will be using the 64 bit win7. Thanks for all the help.

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Just go 64 bit man. No question. Choose the more advanced OS.
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