which version of 7 to go with?

Discussion in 'Windows OS's' started by jack99999, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. jack99999

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    what is the difference (other than the bit rate) of the 64 bit version? will it work with games and programs and whatnot the same as the 32 bit version? how do you determine which version to get?
     
  2. cube_

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  3. jack99999

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    and no! this is not about downloading. i'll be buying the thing. i will probably be going with at least pro since it has an xp mode (i ain't blowing $200 bucks on an office suite when i already have one!).

    i just need to know if the 64 bit version is compatible with games and software and all that crap.
     
  4. cube_

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    It sure is, and is faster than 32-bit
     
  5. jack99999

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    why do they still have 32 bit then?
     
  6. Makcalable

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    They are slowly but surely phasing out X32/X86 OS's

    And yes just like cube said, the X64 is the way to go,there is noticeable speed increase too, you should also have at least 4GB Ram installed for optimized performance.
     
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  7. cube_

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    Good question. They're still around because not all software is compatible with 64-bit systems yet. Like bugsy said, the transition is happening but slowly. Frankly, i think the progress over the past few years has been great. I see more and more 64-bit versions of software available.

    If you're interested in learning a bit more about 64 bit systems without breaking your head like i did, read this.
     
  8. jack99999

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    what's the difference between OEM and retail other than price?
     
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    x64 is not necessarily the best. if you have less than 4GB Ram there is absolutely no need for it. It requires additional hard disk space and requires additional ram just to idle. As well, there are many applications and drivers that are not compatiable with an x64 windows operating system.
     
  11. Ghostman 1

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    I must agree, 64 bit is not for everyone, I build allot of computers and Most of my customers still want 32bit... And 64 bit Might be faster if you have over 8 gigs of ram..
    but if it has 4 gigs of ram then it IS slower in my opinion.. I have tested 32bit and 64 bit with windows XP and Windows 7 using 4 gigs of ram and The 32 bit was faster.. 64 bit needs allot of ram just to push it..So I would say it is just a matter of preference..
     
  12. Big B

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    If you have an older CPU (older than late Pentium 4/x86-64 or Athlon64 chips), then having a 64-bit OS isn't going to do the trick---that and the amount of RAM (less than 1GB). However, if your system is that old, you're going to be better off with an entirely new machine. Some programs and older software don't take too kindly to newer OS's, so if this is something critical, then upgrading past, say Windows XP won't do you any favors.

    64-bit OS allow for greater amounts of memory to be addressed, so if you'd like to have the option for more RAM, you'd want a 64-bit OS. DDR3 prices are dirt cheap (4-8GB can be had in the $50 range), so if you're building or buying a new system, it's certainly worth the few extra bucks.
     
  13. Michael Condor

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    The 64 bit works with more than 4 GB of RAMs ...
    The 32 works only with no more than 4 GB of RAMs ...
    Michael Condor
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    P.s - on drugs a man can use more than 10% of his brain ...
    think that it's like an doped operation system and the brain is the CPU
     
  14. Ghostman 1

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    Actually Windows 32 bit can hold 4 gigs of ram, BUT it will ONLY mark 3.25 of it, 3.25 is the cut off point..
     
  15. Akashdeep

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    It will depend on the programs you do use.
    If you use applications that have only 32bit version compatibility, then using 64bit doesn't make more sense instead of taking advantage of more than 4GB of system memory.
     
  16. Michael Condor

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    And much more ...
    64bit know how to work so the system will work with much more presents from your hardware ...
     

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