Windows® 7 64-bit vs 32-bit Versions
What are the major differences between the Windows 7 64-bit vs 32-bit versions? How can one install Windows 7 64-bit over Windows 7 32-bit?
Windows 7 is an Operating System released by Microsoft Windows. The Windows 7 Operating System has two editions 32-bit and 64-bit. There are six different editions for Windows 7 OS. They are Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Enterprise, Starter and Home Basic. The Ultimate edition is the most expensive and Home Premium is the cheapest among Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate versions. There are some differences in the 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows 7. A 64-bit version of Windows 7 is needed for a 64-bit processor. The main benefits provided by the 64-bit edition are good kernel protection, excellent per process limit and DEP enabled hardware. Most of the applications that run on 32-bit will also run on 64-bit except some performance dependent application.
Discussed below are the difference between the Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit versions:
- Difference in memory
- Difference in performance
- Steps to install Windows 7 64-bit over 32-bit
Difference in memory
The main difference of Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit comes in the memory. The 64-bit Windows 7 has the ability to use more than 4 GB of RAM. But the 32-bit Windows 7 systems have the capacity to use maximum 4 GB RAM. Even If you have installed more than 4 GB in a 32 bit-computer, the system will not be able to use it. Microsoft has limited the memory to 16 GB for 64-bit editions of Windows 7.
Difference in performance
The performance dependant applications run more smoothly in 64-bit Windows 7 than in 32-bit. It doesn’t mean that 64-bit have higher performance. Only applications that are optimized for the 64-bit Windows 7 systems will run faster than in 32-bit computer. Some mathematical software and video editing software are performance dependent and they will run smoothly in 64-bit version of Windows 7. Also 64 -it Windows 7 will not slow down your computer while doing complex computations using such software.
Steps to install Windows 7 64-bit over 32-bit
Insert the installation disc of Windows 7 after starting the Windows 7 system. Now shut down the system and restart again. When prompted press any key and follow the instructions. Now enter the language and preferences in the install Windows page and click on next button. Now click on the check box saying I accept the license terms and click on next button again. Click on the custom option in the page saying ‘which type of installation do you want’. Now for installing the Windows 64-bit, select the same partition where you have done the 32-bit Windows 7 installation. Now click next for starting the installation. Then click ok on the dialog box saying 'Windows. Old’. Now for completing the installation follow the onscreen instructions.
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