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QOTD: Are You Going 32 or 64-bit for Windows 7?

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If you have more 4 GB or more RAM, the answer should be clear to you already.

In times past, going with a 64-bit OS was a bit of an extravagance. Sure, you were on the cutting edge of things – ahead of the curve, even – but there were issues and compromises.

In many cases, going 64-bit didn't make sense unless you had piles of RAM. But now that systems are coming with more memory than a 32-bit OS can address, suddenly going with more bits makes more sense.

Some of you may already be running a 64-bit version of Windows (or some other OS), while other are still chugging along in 32-bit land with a portion of your 4 GB of RAM sitting unloved.

No matter the case, you're going to have to make a choice if and when you upgrade to Windows 7 – that that's which version of the OS you're going with. Thankfully, both 32- and 64-bit versions are included in the same package, so you won't have to commit one way or another until you pop the disc in the drive.

Being the tech savvy bunch that you are, we suspect that you've already made up your mind on 32- vs. 64-bit Windows 7. You might even be running that very version of the RC right not.

So, our QOTD is: Are You Going 32- or 64-bit for Windows 7?

Here's a little recap of the Windows 7 news from the week:

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    fwaits , July 17, 2009 11:59 PM
    64-bit, done and done... I'm using it in RC form right now and have had 0 issues with drivers, apps, games, whatever. 64-bit is the future, bring it on.
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    warezme , July 18, 2009 12:01 AM
    With 12GB of DDR3 RAM..., 32bit is not a choice.
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    megamanx00 , July 18, 2009 12:28 AM
    64-bit. Honestly they shouldn't even have a 32-bit option.
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  • 34 Hide
    fwaits , July 17, 2009 11:59 PM
    64-bit, done and done... I'm using it in RC form right now and have had 0 issues with drivers, apps, games, whatever. 64-bit is the future, bring it on.
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    warezme , July 18, 2009 12:01 AM
    With 12GB of DDR3 RAM..., 32bit is not a choice.
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    makotech222 , July 18, 2009 12:01 AM
    Using 64 bit almost-RTM version. never had too many problems with 64 bit.
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    Wayoffbase , July 18, 2009 12:04 AM
    I switched to 64 bit when I was using vista, not long after it launched. There was quite a bit I couldn't do at the time, but most of the driver makers seem to have caught up now. Using the windows 7RC in 64 bit now.
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    Thankfully, both 32- and 64-bit versions are included in the same package, so you won't have to commit one way or another until you pop the disc in the drive.

    In my experience, this is only true on retail and upgrade versions, not OEM, unless they changed it for 7. I bought a 32 bit windows vista upgrade, and had to order the 64 bit media for 'free' + a $10 shipping and handling charge.
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    Wayoffbase , July 18, 2009 12:07 AM
    fwaits64-bit, done and done... I'm using it in RC form right now and have had 0 issues with drivers, apps, games, whatever. 64-bit is the future, bring it on.

    I am also of the opinion that 32 bit OS's are dead on the desktop. Netbook sales will keep them alive past their usefulness though :p 
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    tekk236 , July 18, 2009 12:08 AM
    64-bit absolutely. I'm not cutting my 8GB of DDR3 1600!
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    NuclearShadow , July 18, 2009 12:11 AM
    When (or if as I have Vista Ultimate and can't afford the ultimate version of windows 7 this time around) I decide to upgrade to Windows 7 I'll certainly stick with 64bit. The extra ram is well worth it when you can turn page filing off.
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    geminireaper , July 18, 2009 12:13 AM
    64 bit here. Have been running 64 bit since vista was released. Purchased a copy of vista 64bit ultimate. Will be buying win 7 64 too.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2009 12:16 AM
    64bit Ubuntu :) 
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    IzzyCraft , July 18, 2009 12:19 AM
    64-bit you have to encourage the change although not completely necessary as 32 bit seems to generally fill most people needs in system requirements and specs the extra push to 64 bit would fill everyone's needs although with a little extra cost of computing power but hey most problems with 64 bit anyways is finding the alternative or compatible 32 bit version to work on it anyways.
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    Bullheaded67 , July 18, 2009 12:21 AM
    64-bit - now lets see if we can make the application writers catch up to the modern era of computing.
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    doomtomb , July 18, 2009 12:24 AM
    64-bit. Why would anyone limit themselves on a 32-bit platform anymore these days?
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    bardia , July 18, 2009 12:28 AM
    32-bit. I ran 64-bit Vista on my CB Desktop since it came out and was super happy with it. But my new Sony FW Notebook has only 3gb of Ram, and since 64-bit doesn't actually increase performance short of a ram shortage, there isn't really any reason to not use 32 at the moment. RMclock is much easier to deal with in 32 as well.

    That said, 32-bit W7 RC has been running AWESOME for me. Love it. It's as stable as Vista, but with some nice UI changes.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2009 12:28 AM
    If there is 32bit program compatibility, and for desktops I'd probably prefer going 64, having the future in mind.

    That would be a first for me!
    For notebooks and netbooks 32bit for sure!

    I'm not sure as to why the Atom processor supports 64bit. It is a nice feat, but mostly unused,and perhaps unnecessary for 95-99% of the people owning it.
    A 64bit OS makes little sense on a device that tries to save battery.

    But for desktop, yes!
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    megamanx00 , July 18, 2009 12:28 AM
    64-bit. Honestly they shouldn't even have a 32-bit option.
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    Anonymous , July 18, 2009 12:32 AM
    ProDigit80....It is a nice feat, but mostly unused,and perhaps unnecessary for 95-99% of the people owning it.A 64bit OS makes little sense on a device that tries to save battery...

    With this sentence I meant for those who use netbooks or atom-like low powered desktops.
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    winterblade , July 18, 2009 12:36 AM
    I'm running Win7 RC 64-bits and loving it, it has been a great experience, no driver problem at all except my old logitech keyboard and mouse that I am about to replace anyway, and with another 6GB of DDR3 1333 coming the choice is easy and clear, as someone said up there, 64 bits is the future.
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    cadder , July 18, 2009 12:41 AM
    I loaded 64bit RC1 at home, mostly to try it. If I switch to W7 at work, I'll go 64bit because our CAD apps can certainly use more memory. At home I would probably go with 32bit.
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    Upendra09 , July 18, 2009 12:41 AM
    64 bit anything less is unacceptable, i would take 128 bit if it was out yet but it isn't . :) 
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    Hupiscratch , July 18, 2009 12:46 AM
    Already using 64-bit Vista since launch. Farewell 32-bit!
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