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Windows 7 32 bit versus 64 bit


Guybrush1

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Hi everybody

I am looking for a bit of advice on the merits of Windows 7 32 bit versus 64 bit.

I have pre-ordered Windows 7 Pro through Amazon and as the disk is going to come with the choice of both 32 and 64 bit versions I was considering taking the plunge and installing the 64 bit version but I have some concerns which i am hoping you guys (and gals) can help me with.

First question is, if I take the plunge and install 64 bit and its a disaster can I change my mind and install the 32 bit version and activate it using the same key again. Or to put it another way can I use both 32 and 64 bit versions with the same key on my machine as many times as I want as long as only one version is activated at any one time?

Next question is as I am an avid gamer what could the downfalls be? Now I'm not bothered about it improving performance in games as I appreciate that just about all modern PC games are programmed in 32 bit and as of yet very few have been "enhanced" to take advantage of a 64 bit enviroment. All I want is for the games to run and be compatible. Will a 64 bit operating system cause huge games incompatibility? Any gamer out there running there games with no probs? Please list successes and games that won't run under Windows 7 64 bit if at all possible.

Lastly I have a resonably up to date system (Though not cutting edge lol) I have 4 gb memory an Intel Quad Core Processor 2.4ghz and a Sparkle Nvidia 9800 GTX+, Realtek High Def Audio (onboard) with two hard drives that total over 800 gb.

How readily available are device drivers and how good is Windows 7 64 with its built in and generic drivers?

I know thats a lot in one go but any advice so I can make an informed decision when the time comes would be most gratefully received.

Many thanks in advance

Guybrush1

P.S. I am running the 32 bit Windows 7 RC evaluation copy and its awesome !! ;-)

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a member

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In a perfect world it would be no contest .It should definately be 64bit for everyone who has the ability .but its not all roses .
I have been trialing 32 versus 64bit side by side for 2-3 years XP,Vista and Win7.
And I would switch to 64bit permanantly ,if it were not for a few niggles.
potential problems are 64bit security in some ways too good ,64bit will not accept unsigned drivers , there are patches about to overcome this but that can lead to equally bad problems,
I recently installed win7 (rtm) in both flavours and found that none of my wireless adapters would install in 64bit ,it refused to install them even though one of the drivers was win7 (beta) 64bit.
because it was unsigned ,it would not install it .
another point with 64bit is the lack of support from software companies. I have at least 5 software programs that are nothing but trouble within 64bit ,despite its so called 32bit mode .and these are not old programs some were updated as recently as last week . programs I need ,they simply dont add 64bit support.
I think that more companies are now recognizing 64 bit as the way to go but I also think that we are a year or two away from having 64bit reliability and compatability good enough to make me switch for good.
my reccomenation is to trial em both ,and choose carefully ,its a lot of money to spend on an OS only to find it may not suit your needs.

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Llandudnoboy

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There are many users out there already using Quadcore 64bit processors me included.

As others have already stated a 32bit system will only recognise 3Gb of your systems memory no matter how much you have got.

Im in the fortunate position of running 16Gb of memory or four sticks of 4Gb each.

I may not be using a quarter of all that memory but atleast i know its there and that my system will never want for extra urge.

Two years ago i was running Xp 32bit which was great for every day interenet email useage but became hooked on gameing.

A powerfull QuadCore Extream processor and 16Gb of Crucial memory makes for a very stable and responsive machine able to playintensive games andsuch like with ease.

Its almost like anologue and digital tv.

We all know how superior digital tv is to analogue well when you get used to a 64bit system able to use as much memory as you can throw at it a 32bit system will seem pointless.

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sunnystaines

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I got put off 64bit as most software is still 32bit and a lot of 32bit software is rumoured to run slower on 64bit systems.

64bit systems have not taken off as well as expected due to the rise of multicore processors.

in the future 64bit will be the norm just not yet.

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jamesd1981

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for those who claimed you wont be able to run 32 and 64 on same key thats funny because i bought a medion from aldi a few months ago it came with two vista disks 32 bit and 64 bit both with same key which i installed and have run side by side on seperate partions with same key ever since.

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Pine Man

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...and of course YOU know that it will be exactly the same when Windows 7 is released? As this is what the thread is about, not Vista.

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jamesd1981

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well i hardly see microsoft supplying you with a 32 bit and 64 bit version of windows 7 and giving each disc a seperate key so that you could keep one and give the other away free as there so strict if you vista 32 and 64 if you put 64 on your machine and put 32 on another they shut both copys down by placing a key in the registry that blocks the user files so hardly see them doing a total u turn some people are best not speaking unless their sure they know what they are talking about.

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Crossbow7

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"....with same key which i installed and have run side by side on seperate partions with same key ever since."

I think that's the key (no pun intended) - you're running BOTH versions on the SAME computer & hardware. And you're only running one or the other at a time. Very few people have this kind of arrangement. G

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gardener

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One of the (slightly) irritating things about the 64 bit version is not being able to right-click on a file and scan it for viruses etc. in explorer unless you have a 64 bit version of that particular program. I use Malwarebytes and Trojan Hunter and so far neither of them can do this. NOD32 has a 64 bit version so I'll get by with that for now.

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alansabout

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I have a pre order of windows home I am not sure where it states 32 or 64 bit click here I was under the same impression as Guybrush1

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Rob_08

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F.E Said

"No, you can't. You'll buy either a 32bit version or a 64bit version, and although both versions will be on your DVD you'll only be able to activate the version you ordered/paid for - you can't just choose on the day. There's no reason why the 64bit version should be a disaster, it's exactly the same as the 32bit version."

Thats not actually correct. You can activate either the 32 bit or 64 bit version on your retail DVD, there IS no option to pre-order one or the other ! It cant be done like that.
You can however only activate one of these so play with each and choose carefully.

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