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Old 10-25-2009, 04:55 AM   #1
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Default 32bit v 64bit

Having just installed Win 7 32bit, I now find that my PC is more than capable of running 64bit.

Having customised the O/S to how I want it, would it be worth all the hassle to do another re-install.

Can anyone explain the advatages of 64bit, in laymans terms, cos not very techy minded.

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Old 10-25-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: 32bit v 64bit

Speaking in laymans (cause I am one) if you have relatively new hardware then go ahead and reinstall. A 64-bit cpu is able to use more information at a given time than a 32-bit cpu. As you may know you need a 64-bit cpu to run a 64-bit OS.

64-bit processing can use all of this at the same time:

12345678123456781234567812345678123456781234567812 3456781234567

32-bit processing can only use this:


I'll leave the rest of the real explanation of this to someone that can give better detail. I do know that it's faster but if you don't have newer hardware (especially printer) 64-bit drivers may not be available.

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Old 10-25-2009, 02:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: 32bit v 64bit

It's probably not such a big deal right now, but everything is gonna move towards 64-bit. If it were me I'd just do it now to get it out of the way.

One advantage of 64-bit operating systems is that you can use more than 4GB of RAM when the time comes.
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