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    Recommend 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7?


    I am doing a MoBo and cpu upgrade from an older Vista 32 bit system. The new board will run either 32 bit or 64 bit apparently. I am just wondering about whether to go with 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7.
    Will my older applications such as Offcie 2007 etc run under 64 bit, or will I be faced with puchasing all new versions of everything?

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    Changing from Vista 32-bit to the 64-bit version of Win7 or Win8 as an Upgrade will not work, will have to be a clean install. 32-bit to 32-bit Upgrade should have no problem as long as you can get the proper drivers for the motherboard and devices. You'll also need 64-bit drivers for most devices if using the 64-bit version of Windows, usually provided with the motherboard. If it's an OEM/Brand computer you can get drivers from the Brand.

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    The Win 7 upgrade advisor should let you know about any program compatibility problems but I'm not sure if it will only compare them to Win 7 32 bit as you are upgrading from a 32 bit system.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/downl...ils.aspx?id=20
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    What are your plans for the future in terms of RAM usage, basically? If you plan to use 4GB or more, you should go 64 bit.

    I upgraded from XP 32 bit to 7 64 bit 5 years ago and had hardly any software compatibility issues. Office 2007 will work fine with 7 64 bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Office 2007 will work fine with 7 64 bit.
    True, have even had success with Office 2003. The big change comes with Office 2010, can be had as either 32-bit or 64-bit but the 64-bit doesn't like applications from Office 2003 such as Front Page.

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    I went straight to 64 bit Windows 7 from XP too and have never looked back.
    Make certain you get at least 6GB memory at 13000MHz, and a 64 bit compatible processor. (most new ones will easily support 64 bit)
    Depending upon how old your current programs are, and what they are, you may need a few updated 64 bit capable ones.
    I don't recall having tooo many issues with programs.
    Drivers for peripherals should be no problem provided your peripherals are not too old.
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    Crucial's Scanner will show what the board will support for your RAM.

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    [QUOTEDrivers for peripherals should be no problem provided your peripherals are not too old.[/QUOTE]

    Or HP.

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    Or HP.
    Beat me to it.

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    Opinion:

    If your first priority is compatibility with older software, particularly software that ran on Windows XP, install 32-bit.

    If you want to be compatible with future software, install 64-bit.

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    Reasons to stick with 32-bit:
    * Old peripherals which don't have 64-bit drivers available.
    * Old software which won't run in a 64-bit environment.
    * Motherboard won't allow for 4 GB or more of RAM.
    * System won't support 64-bit OS.

    I would recommend going with 64-bit if there is no compelling reason to stay with 32-bit.

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    OK after all the comments both ways presented here I think I'll stick with 32 bit for now.
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    f down the road there is a pressing need for 64 bit software, then upgrading to 64 bit Windows "whatever" will work.

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    Did you run the Win 7 upgrade advisor which will tell you what won't be compatible ?

    I think if you opt for the 64 bit version and you find you have problems, MS will allow you to change to the 32 bit version - but you could check that with MS before you commit to 32 bit.

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    I really feel 64-bit is the way to go going forward, unless you have a HP scanner or a raft of 16 bit programs (most likely old games) to play under Win XP (could still play them in a virtual machine, I believe). You'll have to reinstall everything if you change your mind later. I faced the same problem 4 years ago, bit the bullet, replaced an old scanner with a newer, better, cheaper one - and never looked back.

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    Win7 x64 comes with "perks"...

    I had Win7 x32 on an older laptop, which I have now replaced with one running Win7 x64.

    Everything that ran on the x32 now runs on x64, with the exception of an extremely old 16-bit game (so, no great loss), as x64 will not run x16 software.

    Programs open lightning-fast... an example: Word 2010 opened after about 15 sec. on the x32 machine, but on the x64 machine opens in 1.5 seconds.

    x64 is impervious to a many of the virus programs which affect x32 (imho, that is).

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