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Gonna Be Getting Windows 7 Soon

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So, like the title suggests, I am going to be upgrading to windows 7, but I am not sure which version to get. basically, Which one should I get and why? for example what are the pros and cons between 32 bit and 64 bit, and what is the difference between each edition of windows 7 (home, professional, and ultimate)?

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Microsoft has a list comparing the differences between the different editions here.

 

As for 32 and 64-bit, the largest factor for this is how much RAM you have. If you have 4GB or more, get 64-bit. Other than that, I don't think there's really much else different between the two, though someone more experienced than I could probably give you more.

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I have Windows 7 Ultimate and the only big difference is you have bit locker as the language packs are pretty much useless (Granted unless you speak multiple languages).

 

Depending on what programs you run (If they arent compatible in Vista/Windows 7) you may want Professional for XP Compatibility mode but if you're just interested in playing the most up to date stuff then home premium will be what you want

 

 

 

 

As Killingston says the bit depends on how much RAM you have and yeah if you plan on having more then 4 GB then you need 64 Bit OS

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From my experience, just upgrading to win7 is a much bigger improvement over XP and vista than the differences between win7 versions. As panda said, if you really want the XP compatibility then get the appropriate version, but most of what Joe Average does doesn't need the extra compatibility layer (I've yet to have a problem myself). Personally, I would just get the cheapest, bear-bones version, as it still has all the bits that make win7 as good as it is. The extra bits an bobs are either done by other free software (encryption), situational (language support) or just not necessary if you're willing to abandon programs that aren't compatible for similar programs that do the same thing that you want (XP compatibility).

 

For 32 vs 64 bit, I think any win7 CD case will come with a 32 bit disk and a 64 bit disk, you certainly don't need to pay extra to run the 64 bit version. 2 rules of thumb I use:

- for desktops: Unless you have less than 3GB, get the 64-bit version or you just have wasted hardware. Remember GPU RAM and some I/O devices count towards your total memory. If you do have less, the 64-bit version might give you hassle with some obscure hardware, but there will be some form of 64-bit drivers for almost everything but you may decide to not bother since you don't have enough memory for it to make a difference.

- for laptops: You probably want the 64-bit version, however you might have compatibility problems with some hardware (especially for old machines). Sometimes only the answer really is to reinstall the 32-bit version, but in that case you probably have <3GB total memory anyway.

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You'll want at least Professional (home is too limited if you're a power user) and, if your processor supports it, get 64-bit.

 

In addition to what smyther said, even if there aren't 64-bit drivers or versions of programs that you use, Windows uses WOW64 (Windows On Windows). This acts as an x86 (32-bit) emulator that will allow you to run 32-bit applications and drivers on 64-bit.

 

http://msdn.microsof...9(v=vs.85).aspx

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There's no reason to get 32bit. Unlike XP, Windows 7 actually has decent support for 64bit. You would just be kicking yourself in the shin getting 32.

 

Also, if you're so inclined as to turn off unnecessary processes, some guy put together a list when Windows 7 came out of safe ones to disable.

http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/

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thanks for all the input guys. I decided to go with windows 7 professional. and my computer has around 4 gigs of ram, so I will most likely go for 64 bit.

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My computer has around 4 gigs of ram, so I will most likely go for 64 bit.

 

Not to bang on about it, but really, 64 bit vs 32 bit is just a case of which CD you take out of the DVD case. Its not a decision you have to worry about when buying your copy.

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