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So you think all netbooks/laptops are x64 ready? Plus windows 7 x32 runs pretty well on old machines,
Laptops, yes they should be able to.

Netbooks, no but they might as well be running XP because of the little use they are in the real world.
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3.5 Gig is all a Win 32 bit Os can address.

It used to be the drivers were the issue for 64 bit, I had all sorts of trouble with drivers on XP 64, but the drivers are now sweet in the most part.
That is false. It is a total of RAM minus GPU memory = total usable RAM. If you have a 1GB GPU, then you have 3GB of your 4GB usable.
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post #13 of 24
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Didnt feel like typing so copy pasted this from google.
lol, So the article says up to 4GB of memory and I guess I don't understand where the 3.5 factors in? I guess there must be an extra bit of memory floating around on my computer or something?

Thanks for your help!
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post #14 of 24
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Kind of a stupid question I know.. but I am just wondering if I should be using Windows 7 64-bit as opposed to Windows 7 32-bit with my current system specs?

Would I get any performance increase at all by using 64-bit?

Thanks,
It's unlikely that you would get any real performance increase, however if you intend to upgrade to windows 8 when it comes out next year you will need to have 64bit installed or do a fresh install. That reason alone was enough for me to decide to go with 64bit.
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post #15 of 24
Not everybody needs 64-bit and not everyone can deal with the limitations of 32-bit. I just put Win7 32-bit on a friends old dell laptop and he says it feels twice as fast as the vista 32-bit he had on it. That with 512 MB of ram! So really it depends on how you're using your computer. 64-bit is good if your gaming, encoding, recording/producing or doing lots of video/graphical editing. A DJ/producer friend of mine needs to upgrade to 64-bit because all of the software he's using is being bottlenecked by the 3.5 gigs of RAM he's got at hand, making them whomps hard to achieve. So what's your point of having a computer?
post #16 of 24
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512MB of RAM
For the love of god why didn't you upgrade his memory instead?
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post #17 of 24
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For the love of god why didn't you upgrade his memory instead?
LOL we tried but the numb nuts at microcenter couldn't read the paper I gave him that said LAPTOP RAM really big. The guy gave him a stick of desktop ram... But he was fine with it, and if he's happy with how it works I'm happy. I wasn't getting paid either way.

Also he got hit by a nasty pornado that gave him some kinda virus that changed his background and all kinda of other stuff. Since it was older and had got hot over time the Microsoft sticker was unreadable so we couldn't install his copy of Vista. And I told him it'd be best to start by upgrading to 7.
Edited by Dankebudz - 2/20/11 at 11:33am
post #18 of 24
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Wasn't it because driver support was was still a bit iffy for 64-bit at the time? Or maybe I'm thinking of when Vista came out...
It still is hit or miss depending on the hardware.

My brother's old Creative soundcard (that he wants to replace) outright does not work in W7....as did his wireless card.
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post #19 of 24
Look at these benchmarks...
http://blog.tune-up.com/windows-insi...e-performance/

So sum it all up~
It only uses about 3.5GB (my cousin has 32bit with 6GB < don't ask why, he has poor internet and can't download buy 64bit).

Faster

Cons? Will give you a hassle if you're going to install it on old systems (no drivers available...etc)

- I installed Win7 on a TOSHIBA laptop that I bought in 2006 (it had FX5300, 1GB ram and I seriously bought it with a fortune), it runs all great without aero (a bit laggy with aero); main problem was I couldn't find drivers for my bluetooh, SD card room driver, and few other stuff.

32bit>64bit.
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post #20 of 24
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It still is hit or miss depending on the hardware.

My brother's old Creative soundcard (that he wants to replace) outright does not work in W7....as did his wireless card.

The sound card is 100% Creative's fault, and it was intentional. They put off writing Vista/W7 drivers for as long as they could, and then provided a "reduced functionality" version to push users into upgrading to x-fi.

I had a wireless card that didn't like Vista x64 when I first upgraded. I set it aside and bought a cheap one off newegg for like $12 that came with x64 drivers. Since that time, the first card has been updated with working Vista drivers as well.

What I'm getting at is that some really old or really obscure devices may not have Vista/W7 x64 drivers, but just about anything most people care to run will have proper drivers. Even my $5 POS webcam has W7 drivers. In my opinion, the improved system management, increased security, and improved ease of use make replacing the things that won't work a better alternative than sticking to an outdated OS. In your brother's case, a $20 Asus soundcard and a $10-$15 wireless adapter would clear up the driver issues and probably give better performance, plus he would gain the benefits of updating to a modern, safer OS.
 
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