Do I need a 64 bit version of windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by juliancs, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. littleb2005 macrumors member

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    main reason alot of people use 64bit is either they got a 64bit processor or 4gb ram

    if u have 4gb of ram or more i say yet other wise i wouldn't see the point

    u have to install the bootcamp 3.0 drivers first which is easy if u read about

    how to install bootcamp 3.0 64bit drivers avalible here

    http://www.techulous.com/hardware/h...64-bit-for-windows-7-on-unsupported-macs.html
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  3. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Do not fear 64-bit. Driver/compatibility "issues" were true in 2007, but they're long gone now. Rule of thumb: if your machine can handle 64-bit, do it. I've been gaming on my MBP with Vista 64-bit (and now Windows 7 64-bit) for several years without any issues.

    When you do get Windows 7 64-bit, do a clean install. Do not use the "upgrade" option (I'm assuming you have Vista installed right now?). Upgrading can cause a ton of headaches and is totally the lazy way out. Do things right the first time and do a clean install of Windows 7. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.
     
  4. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. SystemHasFailed macrumors member

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    These days most games use 1GB of RAM max. But *you* have a computer that has way more than that, and you should get all of the use out of that hardware that you can. That's why I installed Windows 7 64-bit on my 2007 Mac Pro. :)
     
  6. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    From what I've come to understand, you won't really gain anything if you install 64-bit version in terms of gameplay; because the game(s), unless they were written to support 64-bit system, won't benefit from it.

    Another thing to consider is how much space you're willing to dedicate to your partition. If you don't have much to spare, 32-bit will be your best bet because it takes up "only" about 8GB, while 64-bit takes up almost twice as much.

    I was in the same dilemma as you because I use BootCamp mainly for occasional gaming and to run an online streaming program called PPStream (which I would watch by running Parallels/VMWare), so I figured I wouldn't really benefit by installing a 64-bit version.
     

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