Windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by Anne Raduns, May 15, 2010.

  1. Anne Raduns

    Anne Raduns

    I just bought a new macbook pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 250GB 5400-rpm hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor, 4GB ram, running OS 10.5.8. I purchased Parallels 5.0 and now I just need to know which version of of Window 7 to purchase -- the 32 bit or the 64 bit. I only use this to remote into my office and very limited work/productivity software like MS Word or Excel.

    Lastly, would you recommend the Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate? I'm really a Mac user and not terribly familiar with Windows products.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Shepherd


    Hi Anne,

    Between Win 7 Pro or Ultimate, it depends of your needs (compare versions on Microsoft website).

    Between 32 & 64-bit: the 64-bit version is a bit more secured than 32-bit one but requires 2 GB of RAM instead of 1 GB for 32-bit version (as recommanded by Microsoft).
    So IMHO on 4 GB MBP and for type of work you plan, I would go for 32-bit version.


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