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Should I buy Win 7 64 bit for a laptop with max of 2GB?

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September 1, 2010 5:16:25 AM

Hi,

My old hd failed so I had to order this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for HP dv5000 vhttp://www.notebookcheck.net/HP-Pavilion-dv5000.1657.0....
and was wondering if I'll see any difference if I get Win 7 64 bit instead 32 bit?

Thanks!
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September 1, 2010 8:02:07 AM

So you say the laptop can only handle a maximum of 2GB RAM?

In that case Win7 64bit probably won't make much difference.
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September 1, 2010 3:16:52 PM

With a max of 2GB RAM, stick with a 32bit OS.

Win7 64bit takes up to as much as 1.5GB for itself let alone leaving RAM for other apps and services.
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September 1, 2010 3:24:08 PM

chunkymonster said:
With a max of 2GB RAM, stick with a 32bit OS.

Win7 64bit takes up to as much as 1.5GB for itself let alone leaving RAM for other apps and services.

The advice is good, that there's currently little point in installing 64-bit on a 2GB system. But the statement that "Win 7 64-bit takes up as much as 1.5GB for itself" is not true; it takes up no more memory (or certainly not significantly more) than the 32-bit version.
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September 2, 2010 6:12:17 AM

Guys, thanks for your replies!

Yes, laptop can only handle a maximum of 2GB which is what I have now.

I think I'll go ahead and order 32 bit version.
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September 2, 2010 6:44:41 AM

chunkymonster said:
With a max of 2GB RAM, stick with a 32bit OS.

Win7 64bit takes up to as much as 1.5GB for itself let alone leaving RAM for other apps and services.


My 7 Professional x64 rarely exceeds 1 GB even with lots of programs running. At start-up it is normally around 700-800MB.
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September 2, 2010 7:43:31 AM

There are a lot of misunderstandings about memory usage in Windows 7, particularly because - like any good OS - it grabs unused memory for cache usage. But that memory is still free for applications and will be released as soon as it is needed. I prefer my OS to use as much of my memory as it can, in an intelligent way; no point in buying RAM for it to just sit there heating the computer.
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September 2, 2010 12:06:20 PM

The only reason to use 64-bit would be if the laptop could accept more memory and there is a chance that at some point in the future you might want to supplement with 4GB or more. If that's not the case then 32-bit is the route to go.
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