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blaze_125 August 17, 2011 11:10 AM

Win 7 32bit over 64bit?
 
I don't really want to know the differences...
Over a year ago when I initially installed Win7 on my box, I opted for the 32bit version because there were too many reports of softwares and drivers not working properly on the 64bit os.

My rig has been a bit sluggish lately, so I feel the need to start fresh.
I don't see a need to troubleshoot and fix, when I know a fresh install is going to take me less time.

Are there still valid reasons not to install 64bit?
The machine I'm talking about is used for gaming and to host virtual machines for browsing the web.

Arinoth August 17, 2011 11:28 AM

There are very few programs, mainly legacy programs, that need to be run in a 32 bit environment. If you want to have access to more then essentially 3.2GB of RAM (32 bit sees up to 4GB but windows 32 bit allocates a good chunk to system resources) you have to upgrade to 64 bit OS.

grinder August 17, 2011 11:51 AM

get-er-done!

blaze_125 August 17, 2011 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arinoth (Post 541738)
If you want to have access to more then essentially 3.2GB of RAM (32 bit sees up to 4GB but windows 32 bit allocates a good chunk to system resources) you have to upgrade to 64 bit OS.

See... I was wondering if I would benefit from more ram, but I don't think I would actually.
In my case, BFBC2 uses an average of 700mb, BF3 might use a bit more, so I should have plenty available with my current 3.2gb. Having more, I guess I could alocate more to the virtual machines without completely killing the host.

Quote:

Originally Posted by grinder (Post 541745)
get-er-done!

:punk:I think it could be my weekend project.

The initial plan is basically to install a bare Win7 with just enough to game.
Then sandbox everything else, so the "everything else" don't affect the host performance over time.

PerryC August 17, 2011 01:05 PM

Don't forget any other processes you have running in the background will eat into your available ram...including anything you run sandboxed.

blaze_125 August 17, 2011 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PerryC (Post 541769)
Don't forget any other processes you have running in the background will eat into your available ram...including anything you run sandboxed.

Indeed. That's mainly why I want the "everything else" in a sandbox. Once the Sandbox is shutdown, there should be almost nothing running on the host.
I guess we could call it a "better version of GameBooster", if it actually turns out to work the way I'd like it to work...

Eldonko August 17, 2011 01:15 PM

There is very little reason to run a 32bit OS these days. Ive been running 64 bit for years and Ive never found a program that didnt work.

blaze_125 August 17, 2011 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eldonko (Post 541775)
There is very little reason to run a 32bit OS these days.

That's what I thaught.

enaberif August 17, 2011 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Eldonko (Post 541775)
There is very little reason to run a 32bit OS these days. Ive been running 64 bit for years and Ive never found a program that didnt work.

There is also no real reason to run a 64bit OS either. Its really 1/2 dozen or the other.

Whatever works for you works.

Eldonko August 17, 2011 02:23 PM

Unless you want to be able to use the 8GB of RAM you purchased?


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