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April 20, 2013 8:58:15 AM

Hi
Could someone please explain the shortfalls of 32 bit windows with regards to gaming. I just got a new pc and I'm wondering if I can survive with my current OS discs or if I need to try and find money to get 64 bit.
Ive got a 3570k, 7950, 8gb of ram etc. will 32bit restrict it all too much
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a b $ Windows 7
April 20, 2013 9:02:02 AM

Well it has a max of 4gb of ram and with the video card you'll have~3gb usable.
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April 20, 2013 9:03:13 AM

Yes, a 32-bit OS can only use 4GB of memory (not the full 8GB you have). What version of Windows are you using now? It may be possible to reload your OS (clean install) with the 64-bit version and the same product key you are using now.
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April 20, 2013 9:03:34 AM

Rogue17 said:
Hi
Could someone please explain the shortfalls of 32 bit windows with regards to gaming. I just got a new pc and I'm wondering if I can survive with my current OS discs or if I need to try and find money to get 64 bit.
Ive got a 3570k, 7950, 8gb of ram etc. will 32bit restrict it all too much


With that particular video card, you'll have 512MB RAM usable.

How on earth did you manage to find a 32-bit windows disc in this day and age? Your license is valid for 64-bit anyway, so no need to spend any money.
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April 20, 2013 9:06:52 AM

It's an older windows professional, had it for a while. How would I convert it to 64 bit then? Can I download windows on my other laptop then burn to disc and just use same key?
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April 20, 2013 9:18:31 AM

Rogue17 said:
Hi
Could someone please explain the shortfalls of 32 bit windows with regards to gaming. I just got a new pc and I'm wondering if I can survive with my current OS discs or if I need to try and find money to get 64 bit.
Ive got a 3570k, 7950, 8gb of ram etc. will 32bit restrict it all too much


The big difference is win 32 can only address a max of 4 gigs of ram Win 64 can address more depending on version

Starter: 8GB
Home Basic: 8GB Home Premium: 16GB
Professional: 192GB
Enterprise: 192GB
Ultimate: 192GB
Also you can run 64bit software natively. No 32-64bit conversion going on

However from my own testing and research win 7 32 has a little better memory management than 64 and I have not run into any games that would not play on 4gigs .
If your choice is to run 32 +4gigs or 64 +8gigs of course the latter is better .Will you notice a difference ? It would depend on the game.
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April 20, 2013 9:34:14 AM

IT is better to run a 64 bit operating system with modern hardware to make use of all your system and graphics memory, also you will not be limited to hdd's of 1.5TB in size and be able to make use of 64bit applications which can have performance improvements (not just from increased memory usage) over their 32bit variants depending on how they have been written.

if you have the installation key you should be able to grab (from Microsoft themselves) up to date iso's of windows 7 or 8 64bit of whichever version you have.
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April 20, 2013 9:37:41 AM

blibba said:
Rogue17 said:
It's an older windows professional, had it for a while. How would I convert it to 64 bit then? Can I download windows on my other laptop then burn to disc and just use same key?


Is it Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP?

In any case you could just find one of many available excellent cracked versions. You own the license so it's not illegal for you to use the software that way.

Otherwise I'm not sure what the Microsoft-approved procedure is. You might have to ring them at considerable expense.


If it is oem Ms will tell you it is locked to the machine, Retail is the only version you can move and even then there is a limit on the times you can do it. No cracked version is legit even the time/date hacked versions are considered a violation of eula.

MS has win 8 enterprise 32/64 for 90 days free
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn133581....

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April 20, 2013 9:42:22 AM

win7 (32) doesn't even use a full 4gb of ram.

some operations will be a little slower... like unzipping big files. otherwise, no. you won't notice it.
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