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#1 ronfiveo

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 06:35 PM

I am wanting to upgrade the OS in a couple of months.

Since Windows 8 will be released in the near future and then I could possibly buy a Windows 7 install CD I was wondering if my computer would
perform better on 32bit or if it could even handle a 64bit OS.

System information > system information

I am now running Vista 32 SP1 and I am aware of the 3Gb RAM Vs. 4Gb RAM when installing 32bit or 64bit rule of thumb and I am going to increase my RAM in the near future as well, but
I would like to know if 3Gb of RAM can also run Windows 7 64bit OS.

The reason I am asking is that I want to know which Windows 7 OS to buy and if my system will handle either one .

What kind of changes do I need to make (if any) in order to run the 64bit OS vs. the 32bit OS ? Also is there an advantage of running the 64bit over the 32bit?

I hope I did not confuse you too much.

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Edited by ronfiveo, 19 August 2011 - 06:36 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:00 PM

I would recommend that you have a minimum of 1-1.5 GB of ram to run the OS system alone.So you wouldnt have all that much left.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 07:42 PM

Here's what I found using Windows Upgrade Advisor :


Information about upgrading to 32-bit Windows 7

System Details Upgrade options available
You can upgrade to 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate.
Go online to get detailed instructions on how to upgrade
Windows Mail and Parental Controls (Web Filtering)
These features are no longer included in Windows 7.
You can get similar programs for Windows 7 from other software manufacturers. Go to the Microsoft website to learn more
Windows Aero support Your graphics adapter supports the Windows Aero user interface.Go online to learn more about Windows Aero
CPU speed: 2.5 GHz Your CPU meets the 1 GHz minimum requirement. 2.8 GB of RAM
Your PC meets the 1 GB minimum requirement. 353.9 GB free space available on C:
Your hard disk meets the minimum requirement of 16 GB free space for 32-bit Windows 7.


Information about upgrading to 64-bit Windows 7
System Details
Custom installation required
You'll need to perform a custom installation of 64-bit Windows 7 and then reinstall your programs.
Make sure to back up your files before you begin. Go online to get important information about custom installation
Windows Mail and Parental Controls (Web Filtering)
These features are no longer included in Windows 7.
You can get similar programs for Windows 7 from other software manufacturers.
Go to the Microsoft website to learn more
Windows Aero support Your graphics adapter supports the Windows Aero user interface.Go online to learn more about Windows Aero
CPU speed: 2.5 CPU meets the 1 GHz minimum requirement.2.8 GB of RAM
Your PC meets the 2 GB minimum requirement. 353.9 GB free space available on C:
Your hard disk meets the minimum requirement of 20 GB free space for 64-bit Windows 7.


I think I will buy the Windows 7 Ultimate 64.

So, using the software advisor from Windows, I think I answered my question and thought I would post the results for all to see just in case they had the same question.
For them I would say to run the Windows Upgrade Advisor and see for them selves what OS they have chosen.

Thanks for all your help every one!


Ronnie

Edited by ronfiveo, 19 August 2011 - 07:49 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 08:41 PM

You have to reformat your computer if want 64bit windows. It is not necessary to but ultimate, home premium will suffice for most users.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:24 PM

When I do this, the planned RAM upgrade to at least 4 or 6 or even 8GB (my mobo will max out at 16GB at 4x4GB) will be the deciding vote about going the 64 bit route.
I don't know if the 32 bit would help me maximize that much RAM upgrade, but I think that the 64 bit will and according to Windows it does.
I am not sure if there is any more advantage to using 64 bit vs. 32 bit than that but there must be other wise they would both cost the same
instead of paying more for 64 bit....but then I don't think like Micro$oft does.

I have heard that Windows 8 is more geared to the touch screen PCs but will also work well with mouse users, but I don't plan on getting a touch screen computer any time soon.
It sounds like too much work....lean over ....touch the screen.....sit back and type,....lean over touch the screen sit back and type....too much work for a desktop, how ever on a
laptop it would be better than that hard to use (for me) touch pad.
At any rate the Windows 7 will become a lot more affordable when 8 does come out and I am just wanting to be prepared for when it does.

Thanks,
Ronnie

Edited by ronfiveo, 19 August 2011 - 09:27 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:45 PM

32bit basically can use up to 4GB of ram but most of the time it is 3.5GB or lower. 64bit is much more securer then 32bit. Home premium is roughly $100 for the OEM copy.

Edited by killerx525, 19 August 2011 - 11:46 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:07 PM

There's no need for Ultimate unless you need Enterprise features or spcifically back up over s network. Consider Professional before Ultimate if at all possible. Windows 7 64-bit is more secure than 32-bit along with extra RAM amounts and allocations. Until the BUILD Conference, there is not a great deal known about Windows 8.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 02:51 PM

I have read that Windows 8 is more for the " touch screens ' applications, but it also said that it would work with mouse as well.
That's about all I have been able to find about it for now.
It just seems to be rushing too fast , for 7 has not been out for that long.
And with all the OSs that they released when rushed to market I fear it will have a lot of issues which means a lot of patches and SPs .
I could be wrong but that's my two cents worth....gave $0.10 just keep the change.

Thanks for all the input !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ronnie

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 06:33 PM

Windows 8 will most likely come out about a year from now, if Windows 7's release schedule is any indication. The touch-optimized portion is most likely optional. If you are really curious, wait until the beta starts and go for it then. The build process is mirroring that of 7, not Vista, so they are waiting until stuff is nearly feature complete, hence the wait until the BUILD Conference.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:07 PM

I believe Windows 7 is already good enough and you don't have to have the latest and greatest operating system.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 20 August 2011 - 07:46 PM

In other news, the "Building Windows 8" blog has launched at Microsoft's site here.

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 08:28 PM

Are you becoming a newsman like Allan? :lmao:

Edited by killerx525, 20 August 2011 - 08:29 PM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:53 AM

No, excuse me while I download TWiT, Tekzilla, TRMS, BOL...

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:54 AM

No, excuse me while I download TWiT, Tekzilla, TRMS, BOL...

Your favourite tech shows i assume....

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:59 AM

...TWICH, TRS, Windows Weekly, The 404.....

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