What good is Win7 Home Premium 64-bit edition

January 19, 2010 at 00:38:13
Specs: Windows 7 , 4 gb
the major problem with 64 bit computing is that a lot of the programs software and device drivers for printers scanners cameras etc are all 32 bit and some do not work properly or not at all - same as the problems VISTA had when it was introduced.

what options is one left with in this case?

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January 19, 2010 at 01:34:35
64-bit drivers are not so difficult to find now as it was a couple of years ago.

32-bit programs do work on 64-bit very well. There may be some legacy programs that may not work.

64-bit uses as much memory as your M/B allows for most practical purposes. Therefore, programs needing big amounts of memory run faster.

Therefore, it is up to the user to write down his equipment on a piece of paper and look at web sites of equipment manufacturers for drivers and finally decide if he really wants and can cope with 64-bit computing.

Before all else, the user must have a computer that is itself 64-bit capable.

Hope the above helps you decide.



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January 19, 2010 at 06:04:06
Let's put it this way:

1) 32-bit is being (slowly) phased out.
2) 64-bit Windows runs 32-bit apps and 64-bit apps
3) 32-bit Windows does not run 64-bit apps.

Will you need Win7 x64? Probably not. At least not until late in the Win7 life cycle.

Will you need it for the next version of Windows? Probably.

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January 19, 2010 at 15:14:44
You should stick with 32 bit if your system has 4 gig or less and your legacy devices do not have 64 bit support. Legacy devices tend to stick around for up to 10 years or more in many situations.

There is either no gain or even a loss that you can get from running a 64 bit os on your 4 gig system. From what little more ram you can use the OS will eat it up and more.

Almost no programs fully support more than 2 gig anyway. People are 64 bit happy and just don't have a real good reason for it. It takes up more ram and hard drive.

See this for a very expensive and most advanced programs that you might use can't use more than 2 -4 gig. (no one uses tiff to edit so the 2 gig is the real number) http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/404/kb4044...

Sure someday we may even easily see 128 bit and more but today on your system I say stick with what works.

Today I'd say at least 8G for any real benefit to 64 bit OS. That would be a lot of files open and you have readyboost working and you are working on video or a lot of high resolution photos.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 20, 2010 at 06:11:26
If I am not mistaken, the original OP is not asking for opinions as to whether he should switch to 64-bit or stay with 32-bit. He just wants to have the viewpoints of others.

quote "what options is one left with in this case?" unquote

If he considers himself optionless, then what is the point of asking ?



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January 21, 2010 at 19:43:17
He has plenty of options then.

Stay with 32. Everything should work.

Move to 64. May or may not work.

Move to Linux/solaris. May or may not suit user.

Get entire new system with fully certified devices for W7 and fully supported applications. That might be kind of expensive.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 21, 2010 at 20:51:21
And my point is everything works now, but in the future, not everything may work with 32 bit.

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January 22, 2010 at 06:48:57
To summarize.....
If you are running an older computer, BUT no too old and want to upgrade to Windows 7 for a few more good years, you should probably stay with 32bit
If you are building or buying 'on the cheep' --- basic web, email and a word processing, you should probably stay with 32bit
If you are building or buying a loaded machine with the latest hardware and you are planning on getting many years and a lot of use out of your new machine, you should probably go with 64bit --- It will be the future and runs well now on modern equipment.
((( If you have Old, Old equipment and want to stretch another couple of years out of it, stay with XP)))

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January 25, 2010 at 02:36:09
Excellent answer. Very helpful *****

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