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win7 32 or 64 bit

on a new pc with a new model of the icore 3 processor would you still go 32 bit for Windos 7.

they are mainly running Microsoft Office 2010.

Probably use Kasperky anti virus since Trend Micro failed them and  i told them any antivirus could have failed them. Nortons i don't and they don't like.

i am just a little worried about compatability issues with hardwar drivers or other compatability issues.

Will there be a noticeable difference in speed between 32 and 64 bit. it will have 8 gig ram.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you want (they want) to make use of the RAM, then you NEED to use 64 bit.  Otherwise, 32 bit will be under 4 GB available.

If Win7 drivers exist for a product, they SHOULD exist for both 32 and 64 bit.  I only use 64 bit versions of Win7 myself and don't have issues - older devices likely aren't going to have drivers for either and newer devices should have both.  You could (probably should) do an inventory of devices and verify 64 bit Win7 drivers exist and once verified, go for it - if they don't determine if you NEED to us that equipment or if it can be replaced (and check if Win7 works AT ALL).
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Jerry MillsCommented:
I recommend going 64 Bit.  Office 2010 supports of course and once you go 64Bit you break the memory bottle neck of 3.75Gbytes.  This is important.  Compatibility will be less than you imagine.  Look for what devices will be installed after purchase of the new computer.  New computers by definition cover the driver question.  

Legacy software is more of a problem.  DOS programs run well in compatibilty mode.  What I suggest is that you make a list of possible programs to run on any new computer and review those for serious compatiblity issues.  My gut tell's me you have less of a problem than you think.

From my own personal preference - Windows 7 64Bit!  
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
The main concern with running 64 bit is application compatibility.  Intel I3s can run 64bit instructions however if you have older 16bit applications that are essential and need to be run on your machines -- I would stick with 32bit versions.  You would only need 4Gb of RAM installed on your machines.

There is definitely a speed difference for example running 32 bit IE vs 64 bit IE.  The 64bit is much faster and smoother.  It all really depends on what major software you'll be running on your machines and that will help identify which route to take.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
WIth the 32bit version of Windows 7, you cannot utilise the 8GB RAM you have.

What applications do you use?

If you are a gamer, go with 64bit.
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
fast response !
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jcimarronCommented:
russgarrett--By all means go with the 64 bit Win 7.  (Of course you need a 64bit CPU to install a 64bit OS.)  But this is mainly to be ready for the future.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/taking-the-mystery-out-of-64-bit-windows 
For the present, you can check compatibility of existing hard and software here
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx
http://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl/
You will see that most 32 bit software runs fine on a 64 bit OS.  
In fact, MS recommends that the 32 bit version of Office 2010 be used on the 64 bit OS.  And most people run the 32 bit version of Internet Explorer on the 64 bit OS.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You didn't feel that was worth a split?

Further, the information provided was incomplete... Yes, Office 2010 has a 64 bit version, but it's unwise for most environments to use it - most plug-ins/add-ins are 32 bit only and won't work... so if you used Office 2010 x64, you'd have potential issues.  You don't feel checking for drivers is a good idea BEFORE implementing?  That's why I think this should have been a split.
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jcimarronCommented:
leew--I am afraid we both are out of luck.  russgarrett closed in 24 minutes while I was typing.  
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russgarrettAuthor Commented:
sorry guys i thought the answer was short and simple and pretty much along the lines i was thinking.

i checked and the only other device conected to this will be a printer that is a year old and a logitech wireless keyboard an mouse.
So i need to install 2010 Office in 32 bit mode? it is coming pre installed OEM so i hope i am given that option for 32 bit.

i am in Alabama where the tornado wiped away alot of everything. where i was i was working tethered to my Droid X for internet access with a poor signal. i just wanted to get an answer and get off. Generators had just been switched off and electricty and phones were going off an on.

is it possible to split the points between you  guys.
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jcimarronCommented:
russgarrett--You may be able to click on the red button "Request Attention" at the bottom right of your original post and get an Admin to help you make a change.
But no big deal and those of you in the Tornado area of the SE USA have bigger issues to work on.
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Jerry MillsCommented:
Hi russgarrett - I happily return all points.  I felt your question was more general in nature and responded accordingly.  I did advise you check drivers first but still feel strongly about going ahead with 64Bit.  As everyone knows there are always exceptions and due diligence is priority one.
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