Archive for February, 2010

Windows 7: 64-Bit

February 13, 2010

   As you know, if you plan on buying a new laptop, you’ll notice that 3/4 of the times, they will be with Windows 7 64-bit. Why?

   Windows 7 64-Bit is the only Windows 7 operating system that supports 4 GB of RAM or higher. But, why? Well, the 32-bit versions will only support up to 3 GB of RAM.

   RAM is known as Random Access Memory, which the more RAM you have, the faster your PC will run and the more programs you can have running at once. For example, I currently own a Windows Vista 32-Bit with 2 GB’s & Windows Vista 64-Bit with 4 GB’s. What’s the difference? Windows Vista 64-Bit held up to 100 programs running at once, whereas 32-bit only help up to about 50 programs.

   Also, if you’re running a 64-Bit machine, you’re in luck. 64-Bit seams a lot faster at opening and running programs, and also with the extra RAM, you are able to run bigger programs like Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, which requires at least 2 GB of RAM to run.

   So, although you might have a harder time running some programs on it, the only program that I’ve had problems with running a 32-bit program is iTunes. Otherwise, just about all 32-bit programs will run, but if you have Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, you can also run them in XP mode, which might result in better performance.

   Windows 7: 64-Bit? Worth it!