Win 7 32-bit or 64-bits laptop which to buy?

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December 11, 2009 at 13:16:06
Specs: Windows 98 se, 1.495 GHz / 383 MB
I am looking at buying a laptop and I see some with Windows 7 32bit and some with64bit. What is the advantage of one over the other? Also which edition is better, Home premium or Pro?

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#1
December 11, 2009 at 13:28:24
What is better would be more the programs you you NEED to run. If all your apps will run fully in 64 bit then consider it.

The second choice is the amount of memory. A 32 bit is limited a bit. Very few laptops would be able to exceed a 32 bit limit anyway but I don't know what model you want.

If you are in business or need to attach to corporate lans you may wish to get pro.

My guess is home premium would be fine. Many other apps are out there to support any other features you may need.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
December 11, 2009 at 14:05:39
I am not too sure what I want yet. I am looking at Asus,Toshiba or maybe Sony,approx16-17in. screen and decent battery life. Just a nice everyday use machine. Mostly surfing and streaming videos. Something along this line. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#3
December 11, 2009 at 14:21:28
There is an easy rule of thumb for 32 or 64 bit. If the system you are going to buy has 3GB or less memory, than 32 bit is probably best unless you have a 64 bit only program you want to run.

Anything more than that amount of RAM you won't be able to use it unless you have 64 bit. Many of today's laptops are shipping with 4GB of ram and pre-installed 64 bit OS's so you can use it all.


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#4
December 11, 2009 at 14:26:35
bluejay

Can I ask why you want a laptop? If you need a computer off site then that is a legitimate reason. Laptops cost more, are less powerful than desktops, and break down more frequently. If you must get a laptop look at the link below.

http://www.ditii.com/2009/11/18/asu...


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#5
December 11, 2009 at 14:43:55
ntengineer: That is what I have noticed. OtheHill: I checked that link earlier from another post which I why I am considering the brands I am. I need a new computer since I only have this old bomb at work and thought a laptop would be nice because I could take it home at night and sit watching tv and still continue with what I was doing at work not confined to a desk. I mostly just surf and watch some movies or tv shows online.

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#6
December 11, 2009 at 15:01:28
Then be aware that not all the laptops for sale these days come with WiFi, let alone Bluetooth. Don't assume, read the specs.

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#7
December 12, 2009 at 07:45:42
I assume if the specs state WLAN 802.11b/g/n that is wi-fi correct? Also it is no big deal if I have to use ethernet port to connect.

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#8
December 12, 2009 at 07:50:20
Yes.
Yes.

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#9
December 12, 2009 at 07:55:41
Using a wired connection defeats the whole purpose of using a laptop, don't you think?

Remember also that you will need a wireless capable router too.


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#10
December 12, 2009 at 08:47:27
I do understand about needing a wireless router. What brand do you like? The main purpose of wanting a laptop is to have a new more modern faster machine than I am currently using at work. Since I don't have a computer at home anymore(but still have dsl) this would allow me to transport the unit home at night and weekends without having to buy 2 desktops and transfering data back and forth. Also my big screen tv has pc inputs.That is why being wired is not a problem.

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#11
December 12, 2009 at 08:52:23
So, you are mixing work and personal uses on the same computer? IMO, that is not a good idea.

Where will you store your backups?

I don't have wireless in my home so I can't recommend any brand of router. Guess I am old school.


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#12
December 12, 2009 at 09:14:28
I use the computer at work very little for business. It's that 98 you have been helping me with the memory. No bookeeping or anything like that. Just for e-mails and parts lookup and once in awhile placing an order. Any backups would go on a dvd. Mostly entertainment. For example, I recently renewed my truck's XM radio account and was given a year of free online access which requires at least XP. So I can't even take advantage of it.

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#13
December 12, 2009 at 09:20:02
So, you are going to listen to XM radio on a laptop? Will you be buying external speakers then?

If you intend to play games on a laptop you will need to buy a fairly expensive one.

What kind of monitor do you now have at work with the Win98 computer?

Something else to consider. If you plan on transporting the laptop back and forth everyday in your truck you may have a security problem with the laptop in the truck if you make any stops along the way.


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#14
December 12, 2009 at 10:33:43
I'd go with a 64bit system personally. 64bit is becoming the mainstream now, where 32bit is starting to leave the mainstream spotlight. I have never had a problem running any of my programs that were 32bit in Windows 7 64bit, even 6 year old 32bit programs have worked fine for me. All of my programs under the (Programs x86) execute fine. Windows 8 will not even have an option for 32bit support. Windows 7 will be the last OS to support 32bit. So that tells you where everything is going within the next couple of years. If you are looking for future upgradeability then 64bit will be the way to go especially in the ram department. Most mainstream laptops now support 8gb of ram in upgradeabilty and if you are running a 32bit OS and are wanting to upgrade to 4gb or more ram your 32bit os won't read anything beyond that which will make the rest of the ram useless.

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#15
December 12, 2009 at 11:53:12
I have 2 extra sets of amplified ext speakers and 2 extra 15" lcd monitors. On XM I like the old radio shows, and the good ones never seem to be on when I am driving. I am using a 17" crt on the win98 now. I do not play games at all and I stop at work directly from home before going for coffee and live less than 1/4 mile away. Cobra R: what you said seems to be just what I am finding.

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#16
December 12, 2009 at 12:11:24
The biggest problem you may find is finding drivers for external hardware like scanners and printers. If you have consumer grade hardware there might be 32 bit drivers available but not 64 bit. Check before buying.

Also, any third party software you need to install.


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#17
December 12, 2009 at 12:25:24
My printer is fully supported, I just checked. So everything should be fine.

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#18
January 3, 2010 at 11:07:17
I am running Vista ultimate 64-bit for the last two months and it loves the 4 GB of memory I am running with a dual core processor. No compatibility problems so far with any software and another thing to think about not all antivirus software is compatible with 64-bit and along with many other maintenance software programs. Another thing about a laptop you have to keep it cool to lengthen its life and to get better performance.

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#19
January 3, 2010 at 18:33:50
If you find a laptop with 64bit, 4gig or more memory, decent video card, output for your tv, LAN and WLAN, reliability, name brand with support, quality, etc. You could probably get 2 nice desktops (since you have 2 lcd monitors) nicely equipped and an 8gig or larger flash drive for transporting your work back and forth on your key ring for about the same money. Your home model may need a video card with a port for your tv, but that won't be too much more......Just a thought!!! You MIGHT just want to price this out, especially if there are any price reductions after the holidays.

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