32bit or 64bit

June 14, 2009 at 17:16:06
Specs: Microsoft Windows7 RC1, 2.5 GHz / 2046 MB
hello, my cpu (intel E5200) is 64 bit, but my OS is only 32 bit. Is there much difference in the two and is it worth changing my OS over to 64 bit. Thank you for your help.

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June 15, 2009 at 11:53:47
Unless you want to be able to have more than 4GB of RAM I would say there is little point changing your OS.

I bought the 64bit version of Vista Home Premium purely so as not to have the memory limitation.

Unless you are running a server or are doing something that requires the extra performance of 64bit (CAD work or something) it's not needed. Even some of the built in 64bit apps are nothing special. I.e. 64bit Internet Exporer - useless as Adobe don't have a 64bit flash plugin which makes a lot of the net unviewable.

There still isn't much software about that makes use of 64bit hardware.

However, I do notice you are running Windows 7 RC1.
Did you download the 64bit version of that. You could always try that if you're not already. I'm running it and currently think it's much better than any previous version of Windows so far. I love it. :)

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June 15, 2009 at 12:38:46
The difference is in driver support and applications that can be run. Be sure you know each application you need. Some will run on 64 bit OS and some may not.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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