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32 vs 64 bit?


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#1 joggiwagga

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:29 PM

What would be the reasons to go with one or the other? I realize hardware support is a limiting factor, but what about in relation to the programs you use? What are the performance differences?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:32 PM

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:37 PM

but how does it interact in cases of older programs? Is the only difference in the ability to handle more memory? Or do I have to look at running in comparability modes?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:52 PM

I have some apps custom written for my business in the mid '80's. They will not run on a 64 bit Windows 7 system. Absent any such zebras, you should be fine. But one question - do you have some specific need to run a 64 bit OS?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:26 PM

No specific need either way, but I'm being presented with the choice of either and trying to decide which to choose. My Office package is still from 2003, most of the games I play now are either new enough or are through Steam (which I'm making an assumption on the support of the games there).

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 03:30 PM

There are many who will disagree with me, but my feeling is that unless you have a specific need to run a 64 bit OS you should stick with 32 bit.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 04:14 PM

I had a really good answer typed up, but the power went out at work! :ranting:

I say you only need 64-bit if you're going to be using 4GB+ of RAM. Otherwise, don't bother.

64-bit is becoming more and more common these days, and compatibility is much better now compared to the past.

unless you have a specific need to run a 64 bit OS you should stick with 32 bit.

I agree.
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Posted 02 June 2011 - 05:18 PM

64bit is becoming more common even dad's Lenovo laptop has 64bit windows although it only has 2GB of ram.

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