Windows 7 forum

Resolved Question

Win 7, 64-bit or 32-bit?

by TreknologyNet / November 19, 2014 8:27 PM PST

This may seem a bit strange, but I think it's well worth asking. I have a 64-bit machine that was (I guess) built with 32-bit OSes in mind, so it is hardware limited to 4GB.

If I load Win7/32 I don't get all 4GB, but the machine will function adequately. Is it worth loading the Win7/64 to gain access to that little extra piece of memory or does the extra overhead make this unjustified?

TreknologyNet has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Win 7, 64-bit or 32-bit?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Win 7, 64-bit or 32-bit?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by TreknologyNet

Collapse -
let it be
by renegade600 / November 25, 2014 4:43 AM PST

not worth the expense of upgrading your win7 ot 64bit unless you are doing something that requires it. Nothing you said in this or your other post indicates the upgrade is needed.

Collapse -
It's not an "upgrade".
by TreknologyNet / November 30, 2014 11:06 PM PST
In reply to: let it be

The keys I have support 64 or 32-bit. Having held out to the bitter end with XP, I'm still fumbling my way through 7 (why they have to move the steering wheel from the dash into the trunk is way beyond me). Is there a utility that turns the extra memory into a virtual drive like we used to do in the DOS days?

Collapse -
32 vs 64 bit.
by Bob__B / November 19, 2014 10:08 PM PST

If the machine does everything you need and the page file is staying quiet with the 32 bit OS.....leave it alone.

If the page file is going active it might be of value to use the 64 bit OS to get that extra 1GB +/- of ram.

Collapse -
by pgc3 / November 19, 2014 11:07 PM PST

Short answer, Mr. Proffitt said, IF you decide to go 64, jack the ram up at least 1gb, preferably 2 or more, otherwise, leave it alone.

Collapse -
More RAM?
by TreknologyNet / November 20, 2014 11:47 PM PST
In reply to: 32/64

As stated, the hardware maxes out at 4GB and additional RAM is not an option. The reason I posed this question in the first place is that the machine is a little old, intended to be an over-powered "media center", but not a server. I'm setting up a tiny netbook as the household server to save on energy costs. The big machine will only power up by itself to record pre-programmed material, or manually when viewing. So, I lean toward Bob B, because most software (for the TV card etc.) will still be 32-bit biased.

Collapse -
by pushpak479 / November 30, 2014 2:04 PM PST

if all the functions u required are working fine in the 32 bit leave it
if at all any problems or any function is available that u need or want to use then change to 64 bit

Collapse -
32 will probably do
by TreknologyNet / November 30, 2014 11:08 PM PST
In reply to: Answer

The machine is only going to be a glorified VCR and DVD player, so 32 will probably do. As above, I'ld love to hear of a utility that turns the unusable memory into a virtual drive.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!