Installing windows 64bit operating system

Acer Aspire 5920-6582 notebook
September 1, 2011 at 06:01:55
Specs: Vista, 2.0ghz 2gig RAM
Can I install Windows7 64bit operating system to my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop? Would there be any benifit if I could?

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#1
September 1, 2011 at 06:59:30
The limit of the 32 bit system is it can only support 4g or ram maximux, which changes to 16 exabytes with a 64 bit system. Since the laptop you have holds a max of 4 gig, there would not be an significant gains. However as things progress you may find it easier to transfer your data to a newer system at some future date, which will no doubt be 64 bit. You cannot go from 32 bit to 64 bit without losing the data. So my advice would be to go with 64bit unless you have business or personal applications that only work on 32 bit systems, but most applications run fine with the 64 bit o/s.

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#2
September 1, 2011 at 11:36:34
What "data" are you talking about? I don't know of any data that
would be lost in moving from 32-bit to 64-bit. There could easily
be something I don't know about, though.

If the laptop has a 32-bit operating system and has 4 GB of RAM
installed, but isn't specially configured, it uses only something like
3.2 GB. It could be set up by Dell to make use of the rest of the
installed RAM as extra video RAM. 64-bit programs are bigger,
so use more RAM and more disk space, so it is a tradeoff. The
ability to address more RAM probably isn't worth it unless you
already have the 64-bit OS or intend to get it anyway.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
September 1, 2011 at 13:00:25
The major advantage of a 64 bit OS, and the reason why they were developed, is the much larger virtual address space available. For some types of applications this can be a huge advantage. But that is usually limited to native 64 bit applications. Most 32 bit applications will see no advantage here.

Note that this is virtual address space and has nothing to do with RAM size.

There is no upgrade path from a 32 bit OS to 64 bit so you would have to do a clean install.

Before even attempting the install be sure to run the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor:
http://windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor


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#4
September 1, 2011 at 13:08:42
You will not get any benefit unless you have more than about 6 Gig ram.

Then you have to worry about drivers and applications. If it works now then don't fool with it.

Microsoft's own web page says you will LOOSE 1G ram to the extra overhead to the 64bit version.

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#5
September 1, 2011 at 14:02:31
Reasons to consider a 64 bit OS, in no particular order:
1. You need more than 4 GB RAM.
2. You plan to run applications that need or would significantly benefit from the larger virtual address space. Usually native 64 bit applications.
3. You are an advanced user who wants to be on the cutting edge (and is prepared to deal with the problems). If you have to ask, this isn't you.

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#6
September 2, 2011 at 01:05:26
Thanks all I dont think I will worry.

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