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    I am interested in installing Win 7 H P on my HP Pavillion dv9543cl which has the Win Vista H P operating system; it has a motherboard which can 'handle' the conversion from it's current 32 bit to a 64 bit operating system and it currently has 2 GB RAM. If upgrading to Win 7 H P would it be better to upgrade to the 32 bit version or to the 64 bit version; also, would it be advisable to upgrade from 2 to 4 GB ram? Any suggestions will be appreciated from those who have attempted such.

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    There are still more software and drivers for 32bit, so that is the start unless you need more than 4GB RAM.
    Alternatively, save the money until you replace your hardware.

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    I would go with the extra 2 GB RAM for a total of 4 GB, then go for Win 7 64 Bit. Check for 64 Bit drivers for all peripherals. If not available that peripheral will not work unless you use 32 Bit Win 7.
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    If you don't know if you need 64-bit and more than 4 gigs of RAM, you don't need 64-bit and more than 4 gigs of RAM. That's its only real advantage...which is huge if you need it. On the other hand, there are not too many snafus to run into going with 64-bit, especially if your peripheral hardware is very modern and has appropriate 64-bit drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron Tarbox View Post
    If you don't know if you need 64-bit and more than 4 gigs of RAM, you don't need 64-bit and more than 4 gigs of RAM. That's its only real advantage...which is huge if you need it. On the other hand, there are not too many snafus to run into going with 64-bit, especially if your peripheral hardware is very modern and has appropriate 64-bit drivers.

    Since we do not know what the future will bring (It seems that in PC generations, the future means next month, things change very quickly) if you have the hardware to run 64 Bit, and have the room for at least 4 GB RAM, it makes perfect sense to plan for the future, and the future (in my belief) is 64 Bit. As Byron mentions above, as long as your peropherals are 64 Bit capable (or are old enough that a replacement is in order anyway) their are very few snafus with 64 Bit. In another thread there is a discussion about how 64 Bit is here to stay. As time goes on 64 Bit (which is very commonplace now) will continue to become much more commonplace. If so, why not be prepared.

    You can always set up a virtual environment to handle the few things you might need 32 Bit to handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Wilson.321 View Post
    I am interested in installing Win 7 H P on my HP Pavillion dv9543cl which has the Win Vista H P operating system; it has a motherboard which can 'handle' the conversion from it's current 32 bit to a 64 bit operating system and it currently has 2 GB RAM. If upgrading to Win 7 H P would it be better to upgrade to the 32 bit version or to the 64 bit version; also, would it be advisable to upgrade from 2 to 4 GB ram? Any suggestions will be appreciated from those who have attempted such.
    You should note that according to Windows 7 Upgrade Options for Notebook PCs HP Pavilion dv9543cl Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English) your notebook is NOT supported winth Windows 7 by HP. This means that HP has NOT and will NOT develop Windows 7 drivers for it. You could have difficulty getting some components to work correctly.

    You should download and run the PC Upgrade Advisor.

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    If your wanting a decent Windows 7, 64 bit laptop, keep your Vista for now, save up your money, and
    get a decent laptop with a fast processor with 6 GB RAM. Don't waste your money on a 4GB, 64 bit system.
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    William, my HP Pavilion Slimline s7715.uk 32bit is running W7 Home Premium without any trouble. The maximum RAM I can use on mine is 2x1gb.
    Check your PC specs first. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...n&dlc=en&cc=uk
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    if you have the hardware to run 64 Bit, and have the room for at least 4 GB RAM, it makes perfect sense to plan for the future, and the future (in my belief) is 64 Bit.
    The future in software terms is that applications lag behind the OS for at least 2 years. This gives you plenty of time to save up and replace your PC and OS after 4 or 5 years.

    cheers, Paul

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    The future in software terms is that applications lag behind the OS for at least 2 years. This gives you plenty of time to save up and replace your PC and OS after 4 or 5 years.
    Software might take even longer than that, or at least describe a long low arch as a whole because there is nothing compelling for speed or efficiency or whatever so there is very little incentive to convert everything over outside of a casual business product cycle. One will need 64-bit Win 7 to move forward with drives over 2 terabytes in size if that floats anyone's boat

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    Thanks for all the advice.

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