How to chose 64 bit Windows 7 ?

September 12, 2011 at 14:41:11
Specs: Windows 7

I have a new PC with 8GB of RAM, so obviously want to install Windows 7 64 bit. I have Windows 7 DVD. It is saying in many places that at installation it will allow you to chose between 64 bit and 32 bit versions, however I am not given any choice at the application(unless I am doing something wrong) and it just installs 32 bit version
Has anyone experienced anything similar or knows what I have to do ?

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September 12, 2011 at 15:55:22
No, it is not obvious that you NEED 64 bit.

I seem to recall I had two dvd's in the boxes but I could be wrong. Dunno if that was the beta's or the commercial ones. Are you reading the box as having both or did you buy the 32 bit version?

You choose the version based on many factors. One is your investment in software and the other is the hardware you may need to use. Included in that would be external devices such as printers, scanners, mp3 players, and the list goes on. They all need to have 64 bit support to consider 64 bit versions.

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September 12, 2011 at 20:36:33
I believe that OEM disks are sold as one or the other, Upgrade disks can do either, and I think but I am not sure but I think that full boxed editions can do either so it depends on what you have. If your operating system currently is 32bit then you will be directed to install 32bit UNLESS you choose Custom and Partition/Format and delete the existing partition (all data and settings will be lost) and then create a new partition and format it. Then you can install 64bit if your disk has it, your hardware supports it, you have downloaded 64bit drivers for all of your hardware, and you have all of your program disks ready to reinstall as well as a tested/verified copy of your personal files to reinstall. You decide if it is worth it... Are you going to run programs that can take advantage of 64bit processing or at least the additional memory that you can use??? If not then it may not be worth it.

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