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Which Windows 8.1 for my low end laptop?

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#1 Reeshabh


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 12:12 PM

Hello, I read somewhere that for PCs with 3 gigs of ram, should get 32 bit Windows 8.1 on it and higher should go for 64 bit? Is it right. I am fed up of Windows 10 on my laptop anyways. That's why.







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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 05:35 PM


PCs with 3 gigs of ram, should get 32 bit Windows 8.1 on it and higher should go for 64 bit?


That is not strictly correct, or at least doesn't necessarily follow.


Motherboards are built with either 32 or 64 bit architecture. If you have a 64 bit system it will run 32 bit software but you would be better with a 64 bit OS. A 32 bit system cannot run 64 bit software.


It is possible you have been confused by the memory limitation of a 32 bit OS. The maximum amount of memory a 32 bit computer can address, or use, is about 3.7GB, so the effective maximum installed RAM is 4GB. If you install more than 4GB in a 32 bit system you are just wasting money. A 64 bit system can address vastly more memory than this. I cannot remember the exact figure but it is more RAM than either of us could afford !


As a consequence of this, if you have a laptop with less then 4GB of RAM installed it probably has a 32 bit OS but not necessarily. However it is easy to find out which you have - 'Win key+X - Control panel - System'. Just about smack in the middle of the screen that comes up you will see which system you have.


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