upgrading to win 7 64bit

Intel / Dh57dd_
May 7, 2011 at 23:09:21
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 GHz / 3518 MB
if i upgrade to win 7 64 bit do i have to install/buy 64 bit office7 and all my other programs too?
also from looking at my pc spec sheet are there any other issues i should be concerned about?

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May 8, 2011 at 03:52:32
no, most 32 bit programs will run fine on a 64bit OS.
you should run win7 compatability test to find any issues and if you will need any new drivers.
no real point in going 64 bit with your system unless your planning on doubling the memory.

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May 8, 2011 at 16:45:46
Thanks Princecorum: I don't know why my system is slugish. I thought that once I upgraded cpu and graphics card and mem it would run faster but sometimes it kinda locks up (too many programs running)?

Anyway, I haven't upgraded just yet looking @ Win 7 ultimate (64 bit route) and then adding more ram for a total of 8GB Ram. Thoughts.

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May 9, 2011 at 17:40:24

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May 9, 2011 at 19:08:45
With most programs 64bit will not make it faster. Also Windows 7 is fast on modern multicore processors, but rather slow on older single core processors and those with little cache. If your problem is sluggishness, then look to unnecessary programs starting with Windows and turn off the ones you do not need. Use msconfig and go to the start tab and uncheck everything except Microsoft and antivirus, OK and then restart the computer. Also do a disk clean up and a disk defrag. since this will help things run better. Finally, what antivirus program are you using? If Norton or McAfee, dump the bloatware and get a leaner more efficient antivirus program like Avast or MS Security Essentials (both available free).

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