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Solved Windows 8 RP - 32 or 64 bit version ?


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Hi there,

I've been running W8 CP on old laptop for a while now and, Metro interface apart, I quite like it ( I installed Classic Shell to get rid of, or at least suppress, the Metro UI ) and I'd now like to install the RP on my desktop alongside W7. The latter is the 32 bit version although the processor ( Intel dual core 2 x 2.67 ghz ) is actually 64 bit ( which I only latterly found out, the previous OS (XP) was also 32 bit so I assumed the processor was also when upgrading to W7 ). Given that I have (only) 2GB of RAM is there any reason to install the 64 bit version of W8, does it come with any extended features, options etc. ? OS and application programmes are on an SSD, data on an HDD.

Thanks for any help.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8


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unless you have more than 2GB of RAM, i would not suggest going 64bit. Anything under 4GB of RAM is 32bit territory.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Antec P182
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.