Windows 7 - 64 bit 0r 32 bit?

  Cloudhopper 12:41 26 Jun 2010


I'm in the process of deciding what PC to buy and have run into an interesting conundrum on Windows 7 options.

I have read an article which suggests the enhanced capabilites attached to using a 64 bit operating system are tempered by a number of factors:

Internet browsing could be compromised because Adobe Flash isn't yet 64 bit compatible.

Issues with the compatibility of peripheral devices

Browser compatibility issues (e.g. Chrome, Firefox and Opera)

I am a user who does not need the benfits of 64 bit. I am a heavy PC user but am not a gamer or user of very high specification computer software.

The final part of the conundrum is that on balance I think I'd prefer to go with the 32 bit version of Windows 7 (so I can be confident of using all the software and apps I do now with an uniterupted browsing experience) yet it looks as if most of the retailers I would trust with my custom will only retail Windows 7 operating systems.

I'd be interested and grateful to hear any thoughts and recommendations.

  chub_tor 12:51 26 Jun 2010

I switched from 32 bit to 64 bit to take full advantage of my RAM, I have yet to see a problem with Flash on any website, I have not had any compatibility problems with any of my peripherals (quite the contrary as some of my USB pen-drives that did not install correctly on 32 bit work perfectly on 64 bit) and I have not seen any compatibility issues with Chrome or Firefox - I don't use Opera so can't comment.

Subjectively my PC with 64 bit Windows7 seems to boot faster and perform faster than a fairly similar machine with 32 bit. I wouldn't go back.

  john bunyan 12:53 26 Jun 2010

I agree with chub_tor.

  Cloudhopper 13:00 26 Jun 2010

Thanks folks (Chub_tor and John),

I noticed a mistake in my original post - it should have said retailers I trust will only sell the Windows 7 64 bit (when a 32 bit version is available).

I must admit the replies I've heard so far have begun to sway my opinion so I'm really interested to hear from others.

  northumbria61 13:20 26 Jun 2010

I agree with ALL the previous comments - I have been using Win 7 Pro 64 bit since it was released in Oct. 2009 - No problems !

  Miké 15:44 26 Jun 2010

I have had Windows 7 64bit (Home Premium) since the release and have had no problems. with regard to the non availability of a flash plugin for 64bit browsers, just use the 32bit version of IE Firefox etc.

  kdt 23:11 26 Jun 2010

w7 pro 64 bit with 6 gb RAM quite good. using for the past 6 months.

  VoG II 00:33 27 Jun 2010

W7 64 bit pro running for about a month. The only issue I had was registering a 32 bit calendar control for MS Office 2020 but sorted that today. Woo hoo!

  morddwyd 06:53 27 Jun 2010

Use 64 bit on three computers with no problems.

Do a search on this and the Win 7 forum. Plenty of views, most generally in favour.

  birdface 08:32 27 Jun 2010

When W/7 came out you could use both versions if using them on the same computer.
Not sure if that has changed or not since.

  chub_tor 10:30 27 Jun 2010

MS Office 2020 Woo hoo! You are ten years ahead of the rest of us.

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