Windows 7: 64bit vs 32bit

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  1. GFX

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    Can someone explain the advantages and disadvantages of both?

    Will 32bit run lighter on a machine? Will it consume less battery life?

    Is there a difference in performance?

    What is the difference at all?

    I'm not privy on this topic.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. GFX

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    Thanks. Interesting.

    So for running:

    Photoshop
    Sketchbook Pro
    ArtRage
    Dreamweaver
    Flash Pro
    Fireworks
    Illustrator

    Would it be more beneficial to run a 64bit Operating System? Or a 32bit Operating System?

    I see information on Google, but i will be using my TabletPC for very specific reasons... so i was hoping to get feedback from those who run these programs regularly.

    I am not entirely sure what those programs were intended for... 32bit or 64bit...
     
  4. DRTigerlilly

    DRTigerlilly Tablet Lead Mod (Retired) Super Moderator

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    Programs that come in 64 bit versions will come in both versions, and there isn't honestly alot of software that takes advantage of 64 bit. But in the long term it really doesn't matter. If you buy a 64 bit OS, and have a 32 bit version of one of your programs it will still install and work perfectly fine.
     
  5. aretzios

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    The advantage of 64-bit OSes is that they can address more memory than 4 GB. If you have a machine with > 4 GB of RAM or you intend to have one, then you must install a 64-bit OS to take advantage of it. However, these OSes are not faster than 32-bit OSes. In any case, 32-bit programs would work just fine in a 64-bit OS. If you have a 64-bit OS and the program can take advantage of all of the addressable memory, then great. But most programs really do not need all that memory.
     
  6. GFX

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    Thanks, guys.

    So what would be lighter on the battery?

    Or does it not make a difference?

    32bit or 64bit?
     
  7. aretzios

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    I do not think that it makes one iota of difference on battery life.
     
  8. xantho

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    Do we know if the "print to onenote" feature will be available for Windows 7 64 bit OS?
     
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    The rumor is that Win7 64 + Office 2007 = No print to one note for you... Office 2010 is coming out soon and if is native 64bit I imagine that the feature would be available.
     
  10. Darak

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    It's more than a rumor. OneNote 2007 does not provide a Print to OneNote driver for x64 versions of any OS. One of the OneNote dev's made a workaround fix, but it's rough at best. In Office 2010, on the other hand, it works fine with x64.
     
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