Windows 7 in MBP? (Noob-Question)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by I-Eat-Flowers, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. I-Eat-Flowers macrumors newbie

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    I'll buy my first mac as soon as they are updated and I am planning to install Windows 7 on it additionally to OSX. I can get win7 for free from my university thanks to the msdn academic alliance program.

    My only problem is that there are two different versions of windows 7:
    "Windows 7 Professional (x64)" and "Windows 7 Professional (x86)"

    Which one of them is the right on to use it on an MBP? This might actually be a really stupid question but I just don't know that much about computers. :rolleyes:

    Would be great if someone could tell me which one I should get and also give a brief explanation what those numbers stand for. Is that the size of the machine's adress bus in bits?


    thanks
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    x64 = 64-bit
    x86 = 32-bit, I think

    Get the x64 as it can support +3GB of RAM

    EDIT: Damn you're always faster than me spinnerlys!
     
  4. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    32 bit and 64 bit are the instruction size. And by the way install 64 bit.
     

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