Here are some of the frequently asked questions about 32-bit and 64-bit versions Windows are:
What is the basic difference between 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows?
- The terms 64-bit and 32-bit refer to the process in which a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amount of Random Access Memory (RAM) more effectively and efficiently than a 32-bit system.
- Which version of Windows 7 shall I prefer to install; 32-bit or 64-bit?
- To install a 64-bit version of Windows 7 in your system, you must need a CPU that should be capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows operating. The advantage of running a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of RAM installed on your computer, say 4 GB of RAM or more. In such conditions, 64-bit operating system can handle large amount of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system can, a 64-bit system can be more responsive while running several programs at the same instant and switching between them quite frequently.
- Can I upgrade my system from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or from a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to a 32-bit version of Windows?
- Yes, you can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation, which preserves your files, system settings, and other programs, only if you’re currently running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade to the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7.
If you want to upgrade your system from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you’ll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. Then, you’ll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs.
- If I’m running a 64-bit version of Windows, do I need 64-bit drivers for my devices?
A.Yes. All hardware devices need 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. Drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows don’t work on computers running 64-bit versions of Windows.
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