Most people wonder what version of Windows 7 they should buy , and if they buy 64 bit Windows 7, will it support 32 bit software or not? If you have computer which can support 64 bit Operating System, then feel free to buy 64 bit version of Windows 7 as it can support almost all programs designed for 32 bit version of Windows.
(Please note, drivers designed for 32 bit version of Windows may not work with 64 bit version. You have to get drivers especially designed for 64 bit windows.)
Here are few frequently asked questions with answers:
1- How to choose between 32 bit windows and 64 bit windows?
Major benefit which one can obtain from 64 bit OS is more than 4 GB of RAM. But if your PC has only 1 GB or 2 GB RAM, then 32 bit windows OS should be preferred. Moreover, must check specifications of processor whether it can support 64 bit architecture or not. All latest processors developed by Intel and AMD supports both 32 bit and 64 bit architecture.
2- Can software designed for 64 bit Windows 7 work on 32 bit Windows 7?
It is important to note that those software which are designed only for 64 bit versions of Windows 7 will not work on 32 bit version. But those software which are designed only for 32 bit version will probably work on 64 bit version of Windows 7. 64 bit version of Windows is designed to make it work for 32 bit software.
3- Does different editions of Windows 7 affect working capability of third parties’ software?
No, the edition of Windows does not affect the working capability of any software. You can use any software with any edition of Windows 7 whether it is Windows 7 Ultimate, Home Basic, Home Premium or any other.
4- My Windows does not give me more than 3.50 GB of RAM. What should I do?
You are actually using 32 bit Windows. 32 bit windows OS supports up to 4 GB of RAM of which up to 3.50 GB RAM is usable in most conditions. To achieve more than 3.50 GB of RAM, you need to install 64 bit version of Windows.
5- Can I upgrade already installed 32 bit windows 7 to 64 bit windows 7?
No. You have to perform a fresh install for this purpose.