I have a x64 PC: should I install w7 x32?

December 3, 2010 at 15:55:49
Specs: Windows 7
Will I be able to run safely all my applications installing Windows 7 x32 on a x64 PC?

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#1
December 3, 2010 at 19:09:01
If you have a 64 bit PC, you can either install Windows 32 or 64. However, you are better off installing 32 bit unless you are using a lot of RAM or have special software needs. I would not worry about the software unless you are running 3d max or something else very high end. Again, dont worry about 64 bit windows unless you are using over 4GB of RAM. (Windows Basic is 2GB in 32 and 64 bit)

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#2
December 3, 2010 at 19:21:11
You almost can't buy a 32 bit computer anymore but all the common computers run 32 bit Windows 7 fine.

The problem may be two fold. One is exactly where last did you run the programs. Did they come from xp or windows 95?

Windows 7 32 bit has a way to help some older programs. It is called compatibility mode. One can run some very old programs with it.

I agree the safe choice would be to start with the 32 bit version. There are many problems with the 64 bit that common users do not need to fool with.

I think MS has a compatibility site for questions on programs and devices.

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


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#3
December 4, 2010 at 11:52:59
I tried to install W7 x32-bit on a x64-bit PC. The PC is currently running Home BASIC, but the x32 version is PREMIUM, which is my reason to install it. However, when I run the installation, the 'update' option (versus 'custom installation' that will erase everything else) says NOT POSSIBLE due to incompatibilities with the already-installed OS.
I have no version of the Home Premium for x64... what would happen if I install the x32 version by force on my PC? would problems arise later?


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#4
December 4, 2010 at 16:34:59
If you already have 64bit installed, you should probably stay with it, unless you have something that is really important that will only run under 32bit (rare). You cannot use an upgrade DVD to install 32bit if you had 64bit, you would need a full edition or an OEM edition and delete the partition, recreate, and partition. If you already purchased and opened the upgrade, you may want to use it anyway, but there is generally little or no downside to 64bit and there will be more programs out in the future that will take advantage of 64bit computing for more power and speed.

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#5
December 6, 2010 at 14:07:43
If only the important information ware put in the first post.

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


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