I’m buying a new computer and have a choice between the 32 and 64-bit version of Windows 7. Which one should I choose?
The 64 bit version is the better of the two but it comes with some traps, mainly that older software and hardware may not work on it.
Because you are getting a new computer, you should be right on the hardware front. Although if you do have an older printer, scanner or other hardware you’ll have to check they will work on a 64-bit system.
For software, you’ll need to make sure all your programs will run on 64 bit Windows. While 32-bit programs will work they may be slower so keep that in mind too.
Generally our advice is to go with 64 bit systems if all your equipment is up to date, if you want to run older software and hardware go for the 32-bit option.
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