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    Windows 7 64 bit

    I'm contemplating downloading Windows 7 and I'm wondering if this is the time to transition to the 64 bit world from 32 bit. What are the pros and cons? What are loungers downloading and why?

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    The version released last weekend is a beta version, it's still at least 6 months away from the final release. If you have a spare PC or a spare hard disk, you're welcome to download Windows 7 and try it out. But you should *not* use it as your main or only operating system. There are still bugs to be repaired, features that aren't finalized etc.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    If you have the hardware to support it, now is the time, before you spend the <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>.
    Do a dual boot and then you will not be losing everything if it fails.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    Thanks for the warning, Hans. I realize it is beta software and understand all the perils that entails. But if I were going to try Windows 7 Beta 1, is there any reason not to try the 64 bit version? Seems to me this is a good opportunity to make the transition. We'll all have to go there eventually, won't we?

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    As Dave wrote, if you have the hardware for it, it's worth a try.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    Thanks, Dave. Does an Intel Core 2 Duo processor fit "the hardware to support it"? Are there other hardware consideration besides the processor?

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    The Intel Core 2 Duo is a 64-bit processor. So, you can install 64-bit Windows on it. The real question is can you find 64-bit drivers for all your other hardware? Since you should really be looking to install Windows 7 to get try it out, wring it out, & generally get used to it without it being your production machine see <post:=753,002>post 753,002</post:> for an alternative method of installation using Virtual PC 2007. It supports only 32-bit guest operating systems but that should not be a big deal for testing. In fact it will give you the time to ensure you have 64-bit drivers available. Then when Windows 7 is released you can decide on 32-bit or 64-bit.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    You make some very good points, Joe. I will have to rethink the 64 bit question.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    There is also no point at all in installing a 64 bit operating system if you have 4GB of memory or less.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    I think there might be an advantage installing the 64 bit version on systems with 4 GB of RAM. Given the way 32 bit OSs allocate memory, there is usually about 100-600 MB of RAM that remain unused. In my case the OS only sees 3.6 GB 0f the 4 GB installed.

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    Re: Windows 7 64 bit

    You may recover this memory by using a 64 bit operating system, but you will lose it all again by having every memory pointer use 8 bytes instead of 4.

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