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Old 09-19-10, 09:45 AM   #1
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You guys here seem to know your stuff. I once again need your help, however. My parents want W7 installed on their S939 System, but it only has 2GB of RAM. The CPU is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+.

Should I go with the 32 bit install or the 64 bit install?

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Old 09-19-10, 10:16 AM   #2
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32-bit.

64-bit isn't really useful unless you have 4GB of RAM. Also, if it's for your parents, the majority of the software they use is probably 32-bit.
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Old 09-19-10, 10:30 AM   #3
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Yeah i agree with vin86 32bit for the parents unless your upgrading there system anytime soon.
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Old 09-19-10, 04:10 PM   #4
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64bit, because in four years when all the apps are 64bit you don't want to have to install again. That and 32bit doesn't support hardware DEP.
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Old 09-19-10, 11:06 PM   #5
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Old 09-20-10, 12:46 AM   #6
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64bit, because in four years when all the apps are 64bit you don't want to have to install again. That and 32bit doesn't support hardware DEP.
This is what people said 4 years ago.
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Old 09-20-10, 08:24 AM   #7
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Default Re: install x64 or 32 bit version?

with 2gb it might be a bit tough, but I would try get it up to 4gb and install 64bit.

since you asking for what version to install, i assume you will be doing maintance, when having multiple machines to maintain, its always better if they run same system
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Old 09-20-10, 01:09 PM   #8
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My vote is for 64 bits as there are little incompatibility and will be more future proof.
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Old 09-20-10, 01:10 PM   #9
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I'd say 32-bit only because:

1. Parents
2. AMD socket 939
3. 2GB

They don't need 64 bit and by the time they'd want it, they'd be replacing that system.
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Old 11-17-10, 10:58 AM   #10
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Default Re: install x64 or 32 bit version?

I'd go with 64 bit already. There's little reason not to and a few reasons to do. I've put linux x86_64 on a pentium4 with 2GB RAM before and didn't see much of a problem there. I didn't test it for a long time, but I never heard complaints from the person using it. Unless windows sucks that much, I doubt it will be a difference; it has the similar 32 compatibility subsystem. The major negative there is needing a copy of libraries for 32 bit, but it's really not that big of a deal.
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Old 11-30-10, 03:12 PM   #11
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If you have 2GB installed and do not plan to upgrade it, there's no point in wasting RAM with both x86 and x64 versions of libraries loaded into memory.
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Old 11-30-10, 09:49 PM   #12
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If he hasn't installed Windows by now he doesn't need it.
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