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    Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Hi I've got an older Athlon dual core 2200 MHz, with 2 GB of RAM.

    Obviously this is not a very powerful computer, but I wanted to ask whether people thought I would get better performance by installing Windows XP 32-bit or Windows 7,64bit.

    I'm not quite sure how big the benefit of having a 64-bit operating system is, and whether there are significant performance gains?

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    64 bit will offer you nothing but driver headache.

    But in relality, if there is enough disk space, any version of windows post 2000 will be fine.

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    64 bit will offer you nothing but driver headache.

    But in relality, if there is enough disk space, any version of windows post 2000 will be fine.
    Hi thanks for your reply, just so I'm clear, do you mean Windows XP

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anteries View Post
    Hi thanks for your reply, just so I'm clear, do you mean Windows XP
    No,

    Any will do, with vista being the least best option.

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Sorry read post 2000 as pre 2000 lol.

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Performance gains are negligible. For least driver headache, I would go 32-bit XP but 32-bit 7 should be fine.

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    Performance gains are negligible. For least driver headache, I would go 32-bit XP but 32-bit 7 should be fine.
    I agree with that, Not much (if any) advantage of running old hardware with a modern OS. It is usually more hassle than it is worth.

    If your still tempted by Windows 7 maybe look at the motherboard manufacturers site to see if any drivers are suitable ?

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    I have Windows 7 running on my old Athlon xp with Abit NF7SV2 motherboard. Finding drivers wasnt an issue, i only installed drivers for wifi and the rest were either found by window or on windows update.

    I did have to change the gpu from a fx5500 to a 6200 to select the native resolution for the monitor though.

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    also agree with win 7 32bit.
    but as above said, check for drivers if you have a onboard gpu.
    on my mums pc i had to buy a hd3450 to run win 7

    "If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes

    1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
    1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit).
    16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit).
    DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver."

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    You should think of getting a faster hard drive to go with W7 [if that's your OS of choice]

    I'm forced to use 40GB old dog Hitachi HDD now and W7 takes 7 minutes to load to usable desktop, pretty horrendous.

    What's your hard drive like?

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    Re: Will low spec computer, run better with XP,32bit or 7,64bit?

    Check out your systme with the Windows 7 Compatibility tool here http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...s/default.aspx, this should tell you if you are likely to have any driver issues.

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