Should I upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit (or 64-bit) or just stay on Windows 7 32-bit?

Erlis D. January 17, 2013
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Lately I was thinking of doing an upgrade to the 64-bit of Windows 7. But with the release of Windows 8, I was thinking upgrading to Windows 8 64-bit!

The only problem is that I have a X86 based processor, but the 64-bit of Windows is compatible! I say this due to some tests I did checking this article.

Looking at the official page of my notebook, the only drivers you find are for Windows 7 32-bit or older version of Windows! But, if you take a look at the list of drivers for download are:

I’m not quite sure what the MIR driver is, but I found the VGA driver on nVidia official page for windows 8 64-bit (also for 32-bit)

Now, these are the results for performance and system information:

Also, my laptop specs to recap are:
* Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9300 (2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 6 MB L2 cache)
* Up to 1791 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS [ 512 MB ]

  1. Prashant Mirjankar
    March 11, 2013 at 7:07 am

    With your current system specifications I'd suggest you to continue with Windows 7 32bit... Only if you are thinking of adding more RAM to your system changing to Windows 7 64bit will help. As for windows 8 it is still not the right time to upgrade to. wait till service pack 1 for windows 8 comes out, it still has some minor issues of performane.

  2. Yudono R.A.
    March 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    just upgrade it to the win 8 32-bit (if you only use common program)

  3. Anish Parameshwaran
    February 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    If your computer is 64-bit compatible, then I'd recommend you make an upgrade to 64-bit of whichever OS. Now the question just becomes whether you want Win 7 or 8 and that's dependent on whether you want to stay with what you know (Windows 7) or if you want to have the most up-to-date OS with Windows 8. One thing you should know is that although Win 8 does have a new interface with the metro UI for the start menu, the Win 7 interface still exists on the OS as the Desktop. Once you're on the Desktop, you can run the same apps that you have on your WIn 7 computer, unless of course, there is an app on the windows store for the program.

  4. Switchblade Rebirth
    January 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Two factors based on your specs: RAM, and Security between the two bits.

  5. Vhora Rizwan
    January 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    You can use Laptop so i prefer Windows 8 and your processor support 64 bit so you can use Windows 8 x64.

  6. prasanth vikkath
    January 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Don't upgrade your system now. Windows 8 is the first release of its kind. Some time some of the drivers and software won't be compatible with windows 8. I have tried windows 8 in my PC. I faced a problem with my sound driver, but when i downloaded from the site it had some compatible problems.

  7. Safvan Vhora
    January 22, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I think Windows 8 Better Than Windows 7.

  8. Ian Bunting
    January 22, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Laptop/Notebooks tend to be more problematic when it comes to drivers, often requiring manufacturer specific versions.
    So I would at least stick with Windows 7 until there is proper support and drivers for that model for Windows 8.
    As stated by others the primary benefit of 64-bit is the ability for an application to address more memory, so would be mostly benefiting applications which are traditionally a memory hog, such as higher end games or video editing.
    Driver support there is still lacking pretty often.

  9. Pedro LeChasseur
    January 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    It all depends on what you are doing with your computer. If you're just surfing the web, watching & listening multimedia stuff, and typing text document, stick with the 32-bit version (more stable OS).
    If you are more a gamer or you are using editing software (photoshop, premiere, etc.) You should upgrade your RAM and go with the 64-bit.

  10. Mahesh Kumar
    January 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Best is to use Windows 7 32 bit based on the configuration mentioned. To use 64 bit you need to have atleast 8GM of RAM to take advantage of a 64 bit system. Also Windows 8 is best on Tablets and is best for touch based devices. Best is to stick with Windows 7 ( 32 Bit). Also for 64 bit you may not find drivers sometimes. Also there are many programs that won't work in 64 bit.

  11. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    January 19, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Common softwares are still in 32-bit so you wouldn't miss much if you stick with it. I'd say go on if you want to upgrade to Win8, but I won't bother upgrading to x64 if I were you. My machine is Win7 x64 but half of my installed softwares are 32-bit. Some softwares don't even work in x64 (though the number has decreased since a few years ago).That should give you a picture.

  12. Alan Wade
    January 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Think of the long term picture, and upgrade to Win 64bit. Add a little more RAM for the extra power boost! As to whether you should upgrade to Win 8 is a little like asking "What colour socks should I wear". It's a personal choice which only you will know the answer to.

  13. Paul Pruitt
    January 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    I upgraded to Windows 8 on my 64 bit machine. It does boot a little faster. It has a fancier interface but yes it is confusing. I finally gave up trying to learn and simply downloaded Classic Shell, which returns a Windows 7 like Start Menu:

    There is now for me a separate Apps menu which are the Smartphone and Google Extensions like Windows 8 apps which are intriguing but which are also a bit confusing and off putting running in full screen mode and all. For instance sometimes it seems to get out of an app you have to push on the Windows key and that maybe just brings you back to where you were, the app may continue running in the background. There doesn't appear to be an easy way to click on something in an app to end it. Maybe I'm just dense and haven't got it yet, but there is a limit to the joys of exploration and that limit is overwhelming frustration. Also the app menu doesn't seem to add a lot of functionality for me that I can't get through a regular desktop app at the moment though I have installed 50-60 apps to play with.

    As for 64 bit or not, I say why not, it is the wave of the future. If you do install Windows 8 get a version that has both disks and give it a try. See if the drivers are there. I found that almost all were available for me except for my Samsung laser printer but then there was a general driver from Samsung that works so no complaints there.

    Upping the the RAM might help eventually if as the others mentioned that it doesn't now. However to get on my hobby horse, the biggest reason for upgrade to Windows 8 besides the stylish new interfaces is possible speed increases. However if you are really looking for speed, switch to an SSD hard drive :-). That will make the biggest difference. More RAM or OS upgrade don't compare in speed improvements to that kind of change.

  14. Ryan Walmsley
    January 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    You won't see much of a difference either way. Your system will be able to use an additional GB of RAM if you upgrade to 64-bit, but you may lose functionality if you have any older programs or hardware that don't play well with this architecture.

    If you ever consider adding additional memory to your system, then the 64-bit upgrade would be worthwhile.

  15. Nevzat Akkaya
    January 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Financially thinking, I would act fast and buy the Windows 8 32 bit upgrade license for just $39.99 before 31/01/2013, because after that date Microsoft will make the price much higher.

    If you buy Windows 8 (32 bit) upgrade and install side by side with Windows 7, you'll have the license of Windows 8 and if you did not like it you'll not use it.

    Windows licenses normally work for both 32 bit and 64 bit (I'm sure because I've used the same key on my laptop for installing both editions).

    Finally, according to some rumors, if you have Windows 8, you'll get cheaper upgrades for the upcoming Windows 9 and yearly updates.

    So my advice, don't miss the opportunity for Windows 8, choose 32 bit for upgrade (as far as I know, you can't choose 64 bit Windows 8 upgrade if you have a 32 bit Windows).

  16. susendeep dutta
    January 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    If there is no supported drivers for your laptop for Windows 8,then it doesn't makes any reason to upgrade as without drivers,it's useless to use your laptop.Moreover,if Windows 8 do install its native drivers,it would be slower than what manufacturer could offer to you.

  17. ha14
    January 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    if the processor do not support 64bit version of windows simply you will not be able to install it.

    upgrade to windows 8 will make easier the upgrade to future version of windows in coming years, also perhaps your windows performance index can be higher with windows 8.

    now if you want to change laptop in couple of years with a new one then perhaps better to stay with windows 7.

  18. salim benhouhou
    January 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    if you are using your PC only for simple tasks such as surfing the net i would recommend you stay with 7 32-bit

  19. Junil Maharjan
    January 18, 2013 at 6:36 am

    I would suggest you to upgrade to windows 8 32-bit version. most of the drivers are compatible and it is a more secure OS.

  20. Oron Joffe
    January 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    64 bit versions of Windows are no faster than 32 bit versions, and the only major advantage is that with Win 64 can make use of more than the (approximately) 3.2GB RAM which Win 32 recognises. The implication of this is that only people who NEED more than 3.2GB RAM should upgrade a working system.
    As for Windows 8, it's a question of taste. Win 8 is a little faster, and supports touch screens, multitouch trackpads etc, but on the other hand, it is not the greatest user experience on existing laptops & desktop PCs, requires quite a bit of relearning and is less compatible with older software, so it's really a question of horses for courses. If you really want Windows 8, go for it, but otherwise, stay where you are and get Windows 8 when you replace your lapotp.

  21. Jan Fritsch
    January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Unless you are eager to get the new Metro interface of Windows 8 I would stick with the version you have right now.

    While an upgrade to a 64-bit operating system would make sense in general you will not really see much benefits. Most programs people use on a day by day basis are still 32-bit and with only 4GB of memory and 512MB dedicated graphics memory you are barely limited by the address space limitation of a 32-bit operating system.

    Personally, I would wait until a RAM upgrade is desirable and then move to the current 64-bit Windows version.

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