Windows 7 on Boot Camp 32-bit or 64-bit

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  1. XR4TI, May 23, 2011
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    XR4TI macrumors member

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    I was just wondering what would be the best option to put on a new macbook pro? Will either work or is will only 32-bit?
     
  2. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    If it's a current MacBook Pro, install 64-bit. Either will work though.
     
  3. XR4TI thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you! I'm actually hoping to buy one today if the "get a free ipod touch" is going on.
     
  4. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Either will work. I would rather go with a 32 bit install. It takes up much less space and you don't get 2 "Program Files" folders.

    I would only go 64 bit if you're running demanding programs like adobe photoshop, video editing, or are planning to run windows full time.
     
  5. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    True, you do save a few GB of HD space. But you also can't access more than 4GB of physical memory. For example, if you have a video card that has 1GB of memory that's subtracted from the 4GB pool as well (and now your stuck only able to use 3GB of your RAM).

    Geoff Chappell - Licensed Memory in 32-Bit Windows Vista -- This apply's to Windows 7 & XP SP2+ as well

    If you have a large HD, there is no reason not to install 64-bit. But if your on a 11" Macbook Air with 64GB SSD, then by all means install 32-bit (you need all the space you can get).

    The second Program Files folder is there to keep things organized, it doesn't really matter where you install your apps. :p
     

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