64bit v 32bit Windows 7 upgrade?

  splinternet 08:41 21 Nov 2010
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I have a 2 year old Acer 8930G (4GB RAM) running 32-bit Vista and want to upgrade to W7, but can't decide whether to go to 64-bit or remain 32-bit. There was a very good thread about a year ago from 961 (threadid=368770&forumid=28, title "32 x 64 bit. Think about this....") with several compelling arguments both for and against, but no definitive conclusion (961: if you're reading this, what did you finish up with eventually?). I'm keen to know if opinion has polarised more towards 64-bit in the last 12 months. I don't do gaming; I mostly run Office 2007 (Outlook, Excel, Word, P/point) although considering upgrading this to 2010. I'm often at the limit of my Outlook Personal Folders size (2Gb?) so if moving to 64-bit W7 allows an increase in this then that would be a big incentive (would an OS shift alone allow this or would I need a 64-bit version of Outlook too - e.g. Office 2010?). And with only 4GB of RAM, will this "leverage" 64-bit or would I need to add some more?

  2bathred 10:45 21 Nov 2010

IMHO Just make sure you can get 64bit drivers for all the parts that need them.
The size of your folders have no impact on RAM size and you can run 4Gb (well approx 3.2 or something) RAM on 32bit.
The only advantage with 64bit is when running memory intensive programs i.e. music or video software. From what you say there is little advantage switching.

  ashleycardwell94 18:03 05 Dec 2010

make sure your cpu can handle 64 bit processes.

  bremner 19:29 05 Dec 2010

The only reason I can see for not running 64 bit is that your peripherals; scanner, printer etc have not 64 bit drivers available.

Not only will 64 bit enable use of all the RAM you have installed but it also manages the memory much better than 32 bit.

In any event when you but W7 you will get 32 bit and 64 bit versions. You can run 64 bit and if you have problems revert to 32 bit

  GaT7 20:13 05 Dec 2010

Regarding the Outlook .pst file size limit, no, a 64-bit OS won't make any difference. Have a look at click here & click here instead.

There's no lower limit for the amount of RAM in 64-bit OSes. Yes, 4Gb RAM should be enough for your use. Btw, you wouldn't be able to increase it even if you wanted or needed to as your laptop will accept a max of 4Gb only click here.

Regarding versions, only the retail ones come with both discs, while the cheaper OEM ones come as either 32 or 64-bit. G

  bremner 22:18 05 Dec 2010

Upgrade versions are only available as non oem and come with both 32 and 64 bit discs click here

  howard64 09:57 10 Dec 2010

I started by installing the 64bit w7 but found with even the compatability mode that certain progs and scanner would not work. I then did a clean install of 32bit w7 and everything now works ok.

  john bunyan 17:53 10 Dec 2010

I agree with bremmer.

  Migwell 21:47 17 Dec 2010

I have two ccomputers both using Win7, one on 32bit and one on 64bit and I can't tell the difference between them every works as well on one as it does on the other. I might just be lucky, who knows.

  GaT7 16:16 18 Dec 2010

Migwell, with newer hardware/software one won't usually have a problem with 64-bit.

Win7 64-bit works with a lot more than people think, as these two past PCA threads by gengiscant & Colin would testify: click here & click here. G

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