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W7U32bit To 64Bit


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#1 JRockZ

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:29 PM

Im sure this has been asked before im just not sure the proper keywords to search for it. I Bought my girlfriend a little Emachines E1200 1.6Ghz single core 2Gb Dual channel ram bla bla bla Not a bad little system so far and its already paid for itself (it was only 149 bucks). Whne i first got it it had Vista basic on it, i played with that for a day or two but then upgraded to W7 Ultimate 32bit and shes just chugging along perfectly!!! i have an option to pick up W7U 64bit for a fair price so i was wondering if it would even make a diffrence and if so would there be any performance gains at all? Id guess im prob best off leaving things how they are but if i can gain anything then i may just do it.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:49 PM

Oh hell....yeah, you'll see a performance difference! In the wrong direction!! :huh:

The only reason to have a 64-bit system is to utilize more RAM (32-bit can only use up to 4GB).

With a processor that slow and RAM that low, it would most certainly slow to a crawl if you put 64-bit Windows on there (regardless of version or edition). Heck, I would almost guarantee the processor can't even run a 64-bit OS (a single core Celeron? not likely). So that's a big "NO".

Leave the 32-bit, and keep enjoying it!!

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:54 PM

Oh hell....yeah, you'll see a performance difference! In the wrong direction!! :huh:

The only reason to have a 64-bit system is to utilize more RAM (32-bit can only use up to 4GB).

With a processor that slow and RAM that low, it would most certainly slow to a crawl if you put 64-bit Windows on there (regardless of version or edition). Heck, I would almost guarantee the processor can't even run a 64-bit OS (a single core Celeron? not likely). So that's a big "NO".

Leave the 32-bit, and keep enjoying it!!

Cheers! :huh:

Its not a celeron its a single core Athlon, but yeah i get what you mean and i was planning to eventually go with a dual core processor and upgrade to 4gb ram but i guess till i do that its not going to help any to go woth the 64 bit install. Thanks for your opinion
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:56 PM

There's no point using 64 bit Windows on a system with 2GB of RAM, as the big advantage of 64 bit is gaining access to more than 4GB. 32 bit software is run on 64 bit Windows by means of an extra subsystem called WOW64 (Windows on Windows64), so on a sub-4GB system it just ends up using more memory and a more complicated way to do the same thing.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:26 PM

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 12:58 PM

I agree with the previous posters. A machine of that caliber should not attempt to run a 64bit OS. Unless you specifically need 64 bit applications to run, (extremely unlikely) or unless you wish to upgrade to 4GB+ of RAM, you should not attempt to switch up to 64 bit.




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