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Reinstall Windows 7 on a HP 620 notebook; 32 or 64 bit?

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My mom's friend has a HP620 and Windows 7 needs to be reinstalled.

It has a T4500 Intel processor, 2 GB RAM etc.

 

Although the RAM can be upgraded to 8 GB, I think she will stick to the current 2 GB.

A 64 bit was installed according to her (but that I'm not sure of....)

 

Does 32 or 64 bit WIndows 7 Home Premium runs smoother/better on it?

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With those specifications I don't think there will be some significant difference in the performance.

 

It's up to you which one you'll install.

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I can bring it to 4GB with some memory I have left (I just found out), so I guess 64 bit will fit better...

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Stick with Window 7 32bit if you don't upgrade the memory first, as 64bit OS's use more memory... Only until you have at least 4GB is it worth installing Windows 7 64bit.

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Stick with Window 7 32bit if you don't upgrade the memory first, as 64bit OS's use more memory... Only until you have at least 4GB is it worth installing Windows 7 64bit.

 

Got a source for that bit on 64 bit os's using more memory?  

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He means that a 64bits system will use the whole memory instead of a 32 bits system that will use only about 3.5 Gb out of 4 Gb.

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Got a source for that bit on 64 bit os's using more memory?  

personnel experience, though i have not checked with windows 8

with windows 7 it used about 200MB more memory, no source of this but if you really wanted to check your self you could set up two virtual machines and compare them

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Go with 64Bit because you might upgrade the ram in the future and would have to do a reinstall again.

Least this way you're preparing for it.

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64bit for sure, sounds like you may have access to get 4GB for it, and even if you don't, I'd recommend to them that they buy an upgrade themselves.

but with 64Bit your covered either way if you upgrade it now or down the line.

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Personally,

I don't see a lick of difference between 32 bit and 64 bit except that 64 bit OS's take longer to scan with an AV or malware tool and defrag.

 

Yes,

I know a 64bit OS will be able to utilize more memory than a 32bit OS, but depending on what the mom's friend is doing, what is going to require that memory?

 

A 32bit Windows 7 runs just fine with 2-3GB memory! As with ANY OS, it all depends on what kind of crap you have automatically starting up and running in the background, as to how fast it's going to continue to run!

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It is nothing to do with the OS... it's to do with programs. You see 64bit programs use twice the memory because the require more processing lanes than 32bit programs. Also to run 32bit programs on 64bit Windows requires more memory because windows, uses a system called Wow64 to emulate 32bit programs so they run can in a 64bit OS. Personally I would upgrade the memory of the PC to at least 4Gb before installing a 64bit OS.

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It now has 4GB memory & Windows 7 64-bit ;)

Thx for the advice!

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