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Windows 7 64 bit RAM requirements

September 2, 2010 at 11:48:31
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Turion64/1.9GB

I have an old HP L2000 Special Edition AMD Turion64 PC running WindowsXP. When I run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor for 64 bit, the only significant issue I have is with the minimum RAM. It tells me I need 2 GB minimum. I have 2 GB installed (this is the max the motherboard supports), but 128MB are for the video RAM, leaving 1.9 GB. It seems like it should work OK. On a related note, I have a new Dell Studio (July 2010) with an Intel i5 processor and 4 GB RAMrunning Windows 7 Home Premium. At this very moment the task manager tells me that I am using 1.5 GB with Excel, IE, and Outlook all running. That would leave a half gig of RAM on my old HP. I see no reason why I should not be able to use the 64 bit OS. Will I be able to install 64 bit Win 7? Will it run OK if I can? Ideas? Feedback?

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#1
September 2, 2010 at 11:51:21

I meant to say the Dell Studio i5 machine is running WIN 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Sorry about that...Mike LAX

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#2
September 2, 2010 at 13:11:46

There would be no use for the 64 bit OS. Unless you have way more than 4 G ram you would only slow down your system. The 64 bit OS uses more hard drive and way more ram.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#3
September 2, 2010 at 16:17:56

"The 64 bit OS uses more hard drive"

I've installed both versions; the 64-bit generally requires 3-4GB more than the 32-bit. How big are hard drives now?

"and way more ram. "

On my 4GB Opteron machine, an idling Win7 x64 only uses 15% of the physical memory.

An idling Win7 x32 on an older system with 2GB of RAM uses 27%. So no, x64 doesn't require "way more ram".

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"Will I be able to install 64 bit Win 7? Will it run OK if I can?"
Yes, and it will run fine.

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#4
September 2, 2010 at 18:08:17

See this page if you are unsure.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

"If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:


1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor


1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)

16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

"

Each driver and program will take similar amounts or ram and hard drive space as a very general rule.

As you can see even Microsoft says you will LOOSE 1G of ram with this choice.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#5
September 2, 2010 at 18:08:33

Opps . Too many O's

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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