Which version of Windows 7 should I install?

  Jeff W 17:14 30 Jan 2010

I am shortly going to perform a clean install of Windows 7 but I'm not sure if I should use the 32 bit disc or the 64 bit. The advice I gleaned from the research I've done seems contradictory.

My processor is Athlon AMD 64x2 Dual Core 3800
Motherboard details:

General Information :
Manufacturer : ASUSTeK Computer INC. (Asus)
Product : A8N-SLI DELUXE
Version : 1.XX
Serial Number : 123456789000
Support MP : Yes, 2 CPU(s)
Version MPS : 1.4

Chassis Information :
Manufacturer : Chassis Manufacture
Type : Desktop
Version : Chassis Version
Serial Number : EVAL
Asset : 123456789000

Sensor Information :
Hardware Monitoring : ITE IT8712F

On-Board Device Information :
Embedded Controller : No

Slots Information :
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v
Slot PCI : Available (32-bit) 5.0v
Slot PCI-Express : In Use (x16) 5.0v
Slot PCI-Express : Available (x16) 5.0v
Slot PCI-Express : Available (x1) 5.0v
Slot PCI-Express : Available (x1) 5.0v

Would be grateful for some definitive advice.

  rdave13 17:28 30 Jan 2010

If it was me I'd install the 32 bit version for software compatibility.
However; I might try the 64 bit version at a later date just because I have both discs.
Not helpful I know (I tend to try different things on my PC) but for the software compatibility then it's 32 bit.

  birdface 21:21 30 Jan 2010

If allowed and a big enough hard drive I believe you can download both versions as long as it is going into the one computer.

  User-312386 00:24 31 Jan 2010

Install 64bit - it will install most programmes in compatibility mode. Just remember to download the 64bit drivers for your chipset and graphics card

  keith mac 06:19 31 Jan 2010

Isn't the issue of RAM important re 64 or 32 Bit?

For 64 Bit I've read that 3 Gig is the minimum, up to 8 Gig maximum.

My new Presario CQ-61 has an AMD M300 dual core with 3 Gig RAM for example...

I'm considering upgrading a 5500 Centrino processor Toshiba but as that has only 2 Gig Ram for Vista it appears I'd need extra RAM if I go for 64 Bit

  AL47 07:45 31 Jan 2010

ive built myself a new machine with 6gb ram, therefore i installed 64 bit, no issues with program compatability yet, just run them in 32 bit mode, theres 2 folders in [c]

program files and program files [x86] for 32 bit apps so they are completely separate

but theres no point unless u have more than 3Gb or are going to install more GBs at a later date

  morddwyd 07:50 31 Jan 2010

I have installed 64 bit on three computers.

No compatibility problems at all.

  User-312386 08:11 31 Jan 2010

No the issue is the operating system, not whether it is 64bit or 32bit. 32bit can only address up to 3GB of ram whereas 64bit can address, well sky is the limit (i think it is 128GB ram). Jeff if you have 2GB of ram then you can install either, but i suggest that is the minimum for windows 7

  Jeff W 17:04 31 Jan 2010

I have 2GB of RAM so I think I'll install the 32 bit version for now.If I feel I want to install more RAM I can always install 64 bit later.

Thanks everyone who replied.

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