Should I go with 32bit or 64bit Win 7 Pro

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by ian-serena, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. ian-serena

    ian-serena MDL Novice

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    Hello there. I notice at my collage i can buy windows 7 pro 32bit and 64bit pro for $40 Cad. this is legal copy of the OS. Full version not a upgrade. I am wondering if i should go 32bit or 64bit?

    what do you think?

    my pc is custome build and has a intel mobo. I have a intel q9650 which runs at 3ghz and is 64bit chip. 4 gb of ddr 3 ram , ati 512mb 3870 and 300gb wd raptor hard drive which runs at 10,000rpm. the man program i use is dragon speak 10 pro which i use to do my home work for school and photoshop cs3 and office 2007 and some games. I have legal copy of vista U 32bit on now.

    also what is the diffrence in 32bit and 64bit of 7 besides the ram.

    thanks for the help.
     
  2. prathaprabhuin

    prathaprabhuin MDL Junior Member

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    I would suggest 32 bit is the best as far as application compatability as concern.
     
  3. Dude245

    Dude245 MDL Novice

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    #3 Dude245, Nov 22, 2009
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    From what i read x64 allows you to use your sysyem to the best of your ability. It allows you to use all 4 gbs of your ram and programs optomised for 64 bit run faster. I have an hp laptop that is x64 and i noticed it is signifigently faster then my previous comparable laptop running x86.

    Besides if you CAN run x64 why would you want the less optomised x86 version?


    X86=32 bit
    x64=64 bit
     
  4. WinFLP

    WinFLP MDL Senior Member

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    To allow Windows to fully use more than about 3.5GB of your RAM you need to use 64 bit.
     
  5. Fuji

    Fuji MDL Novice

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    If your system can support x64 (which it should) then that's what I'd go for. UNLESS you have some sort of hardware that's a must have that is only supported on 32 bit systems.
     
  6. berdinatilli

    berdinatilli MDL Novice

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    4 gigs ram,

    i suggest, use windows 64 bit and the rest of the softwares 32 bit...
     
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  7. gentoo

    gentoo MDL Senior Member

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    Here are some of the diffrences in x32 and x64

    Kernel Patch Protection (PatchGuard)

    x64 - This feature is available in 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Kernel Patch Protection helps prevent a malicious program from updating the Windows Vista kernel. This feature works by helping to prevent a kernel-mode driver from extending or replacing other kernel services. Also, this feature helps prevent third-party programs from updating (patching) any part of the kernel.

    x32 - This feature is not available in 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7.

    DEP

    x64 - 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 support hardware-backed DEP.

    x32 - 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 use a software-based version of DEP.

    Memory Access

    x64 - A 64-bit version of Windows Vista and Windows 7 can access from 1 GB of RAM to more than 128 GB of RAM.

    x32 - A 32-bit version of Windows Vista and Windows 7 can access up to 4 GB of RAM (it is actually 3.5gig).

    Driver Signing

    x64 - 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7 require that all device drivers be digitally signed by the developer.

    x32 - Unsigned drivers may be used with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.


    So the benefits of x64 are:

    Increased memory support beyond that of the 4-GB addressable memory space that is available in a 32-bit operating system

    Increased program performance for programs that are written to take advantage of a 64-bit operating system

    Enhanced security features


    As far as compatibility Windows 7 is rock solid. If you have some old devices they may not work. I would say go with x64 and see how it goes. You can always go with x32 if you have any issues. I hope this helps.
     
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  8. domatlapuk

    domatlapuk MDL Expert

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    It depends on what are doing If you are graphic designer or working on 3D world the you should go x64bit.. 32bit is fine if you only use Adobe.. Thanks
     
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  9. ian-serena

    ian-serena MDL Novice

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    thanks for all the quick replys. i think i will go with the 64bit cause all of my hardware supports 64bit 7.

    i shall get the copy on monday and let you know how it goes.

    thanks for the information.

    Ian
     
  10. ian-serena

    ian-serena MDL Novice

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    so i went to my college yesterday and bought the 64bit of windows 7. i installed it last night and it went well only took 25mins to instal and it is runing good. all of my drivers work and also my software i use runs on it. the only problem now is when i use the windows meda center to watch tv for some reason the video is slow and there is no sound and yet yesterday it was working fine?

    any ideas.
     
  11. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    #11 genuine555, Nov 24, 2009
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    Do you have a hauppage wintv-pvr150 or wintv-pvr500 ?

    I think so. Read this thread :

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/12683

    It will explain how to bypass the issue.
     
  12. cht342

    cht342 MDL Novice

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    Driver problem for windows 7 64 bit

    I can't find perelal seriol port driver for 64 bit of OS7,so that I can't run my epson printer.I have Intel motherbord(Intel(R)Core(TM)2 QUAD CPU.)
     
  13. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    Do you have sound when no trying to play movies (windows sounds)? Could be a driver issue, download and install graphics and sound drivers. Could also be a problem with media player building your media library.

    Also, the key you bought will work on 32 bit and 64 bit versions. If you ever need to install 32 bit on your machine (don't know why you would but you can just the same) you would just need the media, your key will work for both versions.
     
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  14. gtothong

    gtothong MDL Novice

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    :p64 bit best for your computer.
    Go ahead
    and you will love 64 bit.:D
     
  15. genuine555

    genuine555 MDL Expert

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    It is a driver issue. As I said, read the link I provided earlier, it explains.
    There's nothing wrong with media center itself.
    His TV-card driver just will not support for mem over 3.2GB.
    Only workaround is to lower the mem through advanced boot-options by checking the mem box and setting it at 3GB or so.
    I had the same issue with my winTV-pvr500. I now RMA'd it and got a 1700 for $40.
     
  16. vladxed666

    vladxed666 MDL Senior Member

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    dude can you post a picture of the disc... i want to have an overview on what the Student / Faculty Copy of Windows 7.. (the previous versions have physical disc differences compared to retail..) thanks man i'd really appreciate it..
     
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