New iMac ... W7 32 or 64?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Bongolo, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Bongolo macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2006
    I have just purchased a new iMac (27” i7 3.4, 12G ram) along with a copy of windows 7 Ultimate.

    The box contains 2 DVD’s: the 32 and 64 version.

    What is the best version to install (with BootCamp) given the specs of the machine?

  2. Indy89 macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2009
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    64 Bit as 32 will only be able to use around 3.6GB of that 12GB RAM.
  3. Bongolo thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2006
  4. Akarin macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2011
    Nyon, Switzerland
    Yep, as it has been said, a 32 bits OS cannot "see" and use RAM over 3.6GB. In the world of today, 64 bits versions should always be used over their 32 counterparts except for some special cases (some audio editing tools and VST's on Windows have troubles to work in certain 64 bits environments. For example, ReWire with Sonar 64 bits, etc... ).

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