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Originally Posted by Rider85;13188433 
My atom is the N450 and IS 64bit compatible.

What you say next makes perfect sense though. But since my CPU IS a 64bit CPU, will I notice any speed difference running 64 bit?

32-bit Windows 7 uses a bit less RAM, so I guess you would, especially since you have 2GB. And by that I obviously mean it'd be a bit slower if you go 64-bit.
    
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I use 64 bit on everything, just in case I ever upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM or more in the future.
My netbook is the only 32 bit system I have (that and my server with WHS on it), but mine does not support 64 bit is the reason.

If the netbook supports 4 gigs of ram, definatly do it, since you may upgrade, but if it only supports 2 gigs max (as many netbooks do), then flip a coin. I would probably do 64 bit, since I have never had a compatability problem with it and everything is moving to 64 bit computing.

I also don't notice 64 bit being any "slower" or using more RAM than 32 bit, even on systems with 2 gigs of RAM.
Edited by blupupher - 4/19/11 at 8:20am
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Well, I really don't think it would make that large of an impact, but i do not have much experience with 32bit Os besides xp...

I would say, stick with whatever one you like, and dont have to spend money on to upgrade to. 64bit should be okay, I havent had any compatability issues with it but I havent used it on a netbook. Only thing i would check is to make sure you can get 64 bit drivers for the sound and gpu.
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Oh. Well, I still wouldn't advise 64-bit. Atom netbooks only address 2GB of RAM, and a 64-bit OS will use more RAM than the equivalent 32-bit.
Alright, Thanks! Nice logic. Rep+1

But does anyone know if a 64bit CPU can process a 64bit OS faster than a 32bit OS? Or vice versa?
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I use 64 bit on everything, just in case I ever upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM or more in the future.
My netbook is the only 32 bit system I have, but mine does not support 64 bit is the reason.

If the netbook supports 4 gigs of ram, definatly do it, since you may upgrade, but if it only supports 2 gigs max (as many netbooks do), then flip a coin. I would probably do 64 bit, since I have never had a compatability problem with it and everything is moving to 64 bit computing.

I also don't notice 64 bit being any "slower" or using more RAM than 32 bit, even on systems with 2 gigs of RAM.
Sounds good! Thanks everyone Rep+1 to all
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You're talking about a 1.6GHz Atom. It won't matter if it can address a 64bit OS any faster than a 32bit, it'll still be slower than Charlie Sheen in rehab. Just stick the 32bit OS on there, and call it a day. You'll have a ton less hassles with drivers and anything else with 32bit.
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Oops, yea, make sure there are 64 bit drivers for everything on the netbook. Some MS generic drivers may not work (or even be present) for 64 bit, and if the maker did not intend for it to be 64 bit, it may not work.
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Driver Compatibilities ....
go 32 bit betta....
easier to deal like everybody else is saying ....
enjoy the netbook its to fun
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post #19 of 19
It is a huge misconception out there for people to think that in order to run a 64bit operating system there needs to be a minimum of 4GB available memory. Nothing furthest from the truth. A 64 bit OS simply means it can address memory BEYOND 4GB, up to the OS and hardware limits. There's nothing stopping the OP from using 64 bit OS on his netbook with only 2 GB. Since modern 64bits OSes are a bit fat, it could be impractical to run them with little memory but, given the case (and I know there are some low resource linux versions out there that are 64 bits), but it's technically possible to run 64bits software on little memory.

The only REAL requirements are to have a 64 bit compatible CPU (which he HAS, since the Atom N450 is 64bit compatible), and compatible hardware (the chipset is also compatible). I haven't seen a 64bit notebook/netbook CPU installed on incompatible chipsets/hardware. How could the netbook/laptop be put together in the first place and made to work if they didn't match?
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