32bit/64bit? I reallly need help!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by anabel, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. anabel macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I have to install windows only for the use of AutoCAD 2012 software..

    Macbook 4.1, Mac OS X v10.5.8, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB memory.

    I really don't know which one to install, 32bit or 64bit? I heard a lot people were saying that 64bt need about 4 GB memory. Since I have only 2GB memory, should I just go with 32 bit?:confused:
  2. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    Go with 32bit, as you say, since you only have 2GB, 64 bit would be a waste as it can take advantage of 4GB and more, it can use less however, but I think it would be better for you to go with 32bit. Are you doing it in a virtual machine?
  3. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  4. VPrime macrumors 68000


    Dec 19, 2008
    London Ontario
    I am going to guess and say because a windows license cost much less than buying another Autocad license.
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Just go 32bit. It requires a small hack to run 64bit on a macbook, which isn't hard, but unless you have 4GB memory, it's pretty useless.
  6. anabel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    I downloaded AutoCAD 2011 and can't install it because it said my macbook version is not supported.. I have Macbook 4.1 and AutoCAD 2011 for Mac system requirements is 5.1 or later.. Autodesk just release the Mac version last year..
  7. anabel thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    thanks for advice !!!

    Sorry I have another question .. Can I use the upgrade version of Windows 7 for the installation??

    I also found this website and I think this person use upgrade license and successfully installed it (?)

  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    RAM is very cheap right now. If you can or are interested in doing so, I'd say make the jump to 4GB and go with 64-bit. I'm sure Auto-CAD 2012 could easily take advantage of the extra RAM. Plus, Mac OS X loves RAM, so both OS's would benefit. I have a MacBook Pro 4.1 as well, and one of the first things I did was upgrade the RAM to 4GB. I noticed a nice increase in speed from 2GB in both OS X and Windows. Windows 7 64-bit runs flawlessly for me. I'd highly recommend going this route.

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