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    Default 32 vs 64 bit

    I know this is kinda dumb, but I hav used 32 for so long, I am somewhat leary of going to 64, If you were buying today, would you say 32 will be around another 3 years (life span of my computers, like most) or will 64 be needed?

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    64bit is "better" in that it's faster and more expensive. 32 is fine. At some point programs won't be produced for 32, but I don't think that would happen in the next 3 years, maybe not the next 10... hard to know at this point, but lots of people still have the older computers. However, if you want to be on top of the new technology and use the most advanced programs, especially using them the fastest way, then you will want 64. The newest versions of programs may be only available for 64bit. This will basically be relevant for any high end graphics programs or maybe some games. For average computer use, 32 will be fine.
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    I just bought an upgrade for an old computer from Win XP to Win 7 and I had to choose between 32-bit and 64-bit (same price). According to Microsoft's help page on 32-bit and 64-bit, you need at least 4 GB of RAM in order to see any difference, and since I only had 2 GB, I chose 32-bit. Also, you have to make sure your processor can handle 64-bit. So if you have 4 GB of Ram or more, and you feel 32-bit is too slow for your computer usage, you could upgrade, but if 32-bit works fine for you, stay with it. Like Daniel says, 32-bit will be around for a while.

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    According to me,The term 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

    How can I tell if my computer is running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows?

    To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:

    Open System by clicking the Start button, then right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
    Under System, you can view the system type.
    If your computer is running Windows XP, do the following:

    Click Start.
    Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    If you don’t see “x64 Edition” listed, then you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows XP.
    If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, your running the 64-bit version of Windows XP.
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