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Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« on: March 16, 2014, 02:14:42 PM »
Benefits?  I have a buddy I will be putting together a machine for.  He's by no means a power user.  Does anyone see a huge benefit to Win 64 in the next few years that will really set it apart for a non-power user? 
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2014, 02:16:31 PM »
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2014, 02:35:21 PM »
You can run a shit-ton more ram.  Isn't 32 bit limited to 3.xx GB of ram?

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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2014, 02:48:05 PM »
You can run a shit-ton more ram.  Isn't 32 bit limited to 3.xx GB of ram?

Does that change the answer to the OP's question?
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2014, 02:52:56 PM »
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2014, 03:01:15 PM »
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2014, 03:39:37 PM »
Working with general home users - 64-bit is the standard.

32-bit is only used when there's a specific need for some app or driver that's not yet been updated and is known to NOT work with 64-bit OS's.

Yes, a 32-bit numbering system maxes out at right about 3.3(billion?) as the highest number that can be counted, thus an ~3.3GB max ram limitation. Now, for most general home users, 3GB is sufficient, but unless there's a specific need for 32-bit, just go 64 and kick in 4GB (or if the price is right 6, or 8GB) and call it done.
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2014, 08:22:02 PM »
Why bother with 32 bit. 64 bit is the future. You can go beyond 4GB (3.3 actually) and it costs the same.
It will run the same applications.
You order a DVD and get both in the same package.
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2014, 09:24:55 PM »
I'm going with 64 bit.  Should be fine.
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2014, 07:51:30 AM »
I'm going with 64 bit.  Should be fine.

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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014, 10:16:04 AM »
We had to go with 32 bit for all the computers where I work because we have some legacy printers we couldn't find 64 bit drivers for.
That was a couple years ago an we haven't had any problems with JUST 4Gb ram.

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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2014, 07:25:56 AM »
I ordered 32 bit when I needed another windows. Oddly, I got 64 bit and didn't even know it for a year. So I would say that there is no downside with 64 and as stated, having more ram is always a good thing.
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2014, 08:31:47 AM »
32 bit will soon be obsolete.  Remember 16 bit?  Probably not.

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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2014, 08:48:01 AM »
I've been running 64 bit since Vista  :crazy: and the only issue I've had was a missing driver for a cheap desktop scanner.
Other drivers would work to scan but the colors were off.

My work PC still runs on 32 bit because it's what our IT staff decided on.
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2014, 08:48:49 AM »
Remember 16 bit? 

Yes, I do.

Do not purchase a 16 bit machine.


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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2014, 09:14:33 AM »
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2014, 09:35:42 AM »
I saw one of these yesterday at a customer's place.
It still runs, too.   8)
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Re: Win7 64 vs Win7 32
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2014, 11:57:33 AM »
I'm keeping my first computer... 8088 (8-bit) CPU IIRC

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