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Windows Quickie - Windows 7: 32 or 64 bit?

Discussion in 'Software' started by sotu1, 9 Nov 2009.

  1. gammelhat

    gammelhat New Member

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    How many drivers have you tested since you can say most of them go nuts with addresses > 4G? :)
     
  2. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Microsoft says that.
    You can also dig the internet to find really old articles (back when XP was released, and at SP1), it's being talked about.
     
  3. gammelhat

    gammelhat New Member

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    I think they lean towards "some" more than they do "most" :)
     
  4. smaugy

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  5. Matt39

    Matt39 New Member

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    My Pc Specs

    Windows vista 32bit
    Intel Quad 2 Core 6600 2.4Ghz
    Motherboard P5K3 Deluxe
    Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTS 512
    Samsung H/D 300GB
    Memory 4GB



    Im thinking of getting windows 7 64bit.

    Just a few questions.

    When you reinstall vista you get windows old so you can take all the files you want.

    How can i do this if im installing windows 7?

    Will it be compatable with older games?

    What difference will having 64 bit make to my pc?
     
  6. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    In the case you don't know. Windows 8 is coming out October 26, so in a few days. Unlike Windows 7, you'll have 2 editions: Windows 8 (less features than Pro, like Home Premium. No Media Center, and no ability to get it), and Windows 8 Pro (everything - minus Media Center, that's 10-15$ extra, which pays the license fees for some codecs)
    Windows 8 (and the Pro) version will be a bit cheaper than Windows 7.

    Depends what you have, and what you do.
    - If you have Vista 32-bit, and you run the Windows 7 setup FROM Vista. Then it will create a Windows.OLD folder where you have your old stuff.

    - If you have Vista 64-bit you can upgrade to Windows 7, keeping your files and programs. I recommend to uninstall all security software installed on your computer before doing this procedure, to make sure they wont interfere with the process.

    I would still recommend to backup your stuff before installing Windows. All you need is a bit of bad luck (power outage, hardware failure at the wrong time, etc.), and you may have lost everything or part of it.

    What I recommend doing is a dual partition system. where you have Windows separate to your files. This way if you ever need to re-install Windows, a format is not much of a problem. It won't eliminate having you the need to backup, but it helps simplifying and accelerating the re-install process.

    The easiest and safest way is to start the setup in Windows Vista.

    More so than Windows Vista. HOWEVER, Due to the architectural change of Windows 64-bit (XP 64-bit, Vista 64-bit, 7 64-bit, and 8 64-bit and so on), Microsoft drop 16-bit app support. That means DOS based games won't be able to run anymore. So several Windows 95/98 games and program might not run easily. You might need to use a DOS emulator, or virtual environment. You have XP Mode (not available in 8), but its for programs only, not games. It doesn't support OpenGL or DirectX.

    - Support partitions larger than 2TB.

    - 64-bit instruction support, that means: less operations needed to do certain demanding task. (This won't affect small programs, but having the entire OS, which is big, on 64-bit will help make the system more responsive and faster).

    - 64-bit made programs and Windows itself, can use new CPU operations and registers which allows the processor to do some tasks with less instructions and also faster. So that means better performance on the application or games that uses them.

    - Won't be date limited to 2038.

    - Increase security. The new CPU architecture allows new security systems that blocks many system attacks from actually working. Like memory buffer overflow, which can make a malware gain 100% control of your system. Basically making the CPU think that the malware is Windows, and all security systems are disabled, and you, as a user, won't know anything. I won't say that it's full proof, nothing is. But you have some level of protection at the hardware level.

    - Support and ADDRESS 4 GB or more of RAM

    - Calculations can be more precises (this does not concern any of us, at home)


    Hope that answers your questions.
     
  7. Matt39

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    Yes it does Thank you.
     
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  9. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Windows 8 PRO upgrade will be available for 40$ US for a limited time. Yes, 40$ only.

    You can upgrade XP or Vista or 7, no mater the edition, to Windows 8 Pro. Please note that if you want to use Windows Media Center, you will need to pay the extra add-on of a few dollars (expected to be around 10-15$), which cover the licensing costs. Basically, because very few people used Media Center, Microsoft decided to pull it out, and making it as an add-on for the Pro edition, to make Windows 8 cheaper. Also, built-in DVD codec has been removed, again, to drop the price of Windows 8, and as few people actually play DVD movies on their PCs. You can find however some free solution, like VLC, or purchase one of the many DVD codec packs available for a few dollars. I do know however that the add-on pack of Window s8 Pro allows you to play DVDs in Media Center.. but I don't think you can in Media Player.

    If you purchased Windows 7 OEM (not retail) recently or purchased a PC with Windows 7 (after June 2) you can upgrade to Windows 8 for 15$ U.S.
     
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    Does W8 have some Java issues (did anybody report similar problems)? I recently got to a notebook with W8 that doesn't seem to work Java correctly on the browsers.
     
  11. Mother-Goose

    Mother-Goose 5 o'clock somewhere

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    I actually had a very similar issue with my rig the other day. I've had to format it a few times and now it works fine.

    For me the only thing I can think of is that I changed the UAC settings before trying to install it this time and it's worked fine.

    Also, sorry for necroing this thread.
     

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