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#1 outdoor

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:20 PM

Is 2gigs of ram enough for a 64-bit version of windows?

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:57 PM

That meets the minimum requirements for Windows 7 64-bit.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:00 PM

Are there anymore advantages of the 64-bit version besides the ability to handle more ram/memory

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:06 PM

Of course, there are security benefits as well: http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/64-...ore-Secure.html

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:13 PM

How much ram is being used when you have nothing running on the 64 bit version. Trying to firgure out if I should go ahead and get 4gigs

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:50 PM

Not sure if I can answer that. I haven't ran less than 4GB RAM in several years. Windows 7 will adjust to how much available RAM you have. It won't randomly hog all of your physical memory. It works on netbooks with 1GB RAM anyway.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:17 PM

Windows Vista and 7 both handle memory mangement differently than XP. They will use up to a certain point of RAM, and then release it if an application requires it. I strongly suggest getting 4GB or more with 64 bit, though, if you can only afford a single 2GB stick now and will get the second in a few weeks, that is fine. The reason is that items in memory on a 64-bit operating system take up slightly more memory. There are security benefits to using 64-bit Windows, mainly memory randomization and a fully implemented NX bit.

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