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32 bit OS on i5 processor

Last Modified: 2012-05-09
Hi All,

I'm planning to buy a laptop for study purposes. I will use the system to install Visual studio 2008 ,SQL Server 2008 and silverlight. I came across a machine on dell. All the specs are good except that they r giving windows 7 professional 32-bit.

Will a 32-bit OS leverage the full power of the processor and the 4 GB RAM?
Let me know which bit OS is better on i3/i5 processors.

My buying decision is based on this and i appreciate your time and effort.

Thank you.
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