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Aren't netbooks supposed to be light and ready for use whenever you want? Why is it when I look at some netbooks, I see that it's preinstalled with Windows 7 64-bit? They have literally the bare minimum RAM and the processor speed to run the 64-bit version. Why not install the 32-bit version, isn't it cheaper, and wouldn't the speed of the netbook be faster on 32? Here's an example of a Netbook with 64-bit Windows pre-installed: http://goo.gl/N2KWn.

asked Jan 06 '12 at 16:27

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DJ Scooby Doo

x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) cost the same. And maybe they just don't want to make more than one OS image for the ones with only 2 GB of ram.

answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:42

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i agree that it's a terrible idea, but netbooks are slower than laptops so it might make it as fast as a 32-bit laptop?

answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:43

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Brad Hodgkins

I'm not against 64-bit Windows on anything, I have both 32 and 64-bit computers in my house. It's just messed up how companies like ASUS decide it's best to put 64-bit on a netbook. I agree with @Brad Hodgkins, you could make a netbook as fast as a laptop by putting 32-bit Windows on it and maybe using readyboost.

answered Jan 06 '12 at 16:49

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DJ Scooby Doo

The fact that it is a netbook makes no difference, but more the amount of RAM.

Due to 64-bit having a higher memory requirement, then I would not have it on a system with less than 4gb of RAM which is also the minimum amount it will be offering any significant benefit for.

32-bit can't address more than 3.5gb, while 64-bit can hence why it really should be on a system with 4gb or more.

answered Jan 06 '12 at 17:14

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I didn't know know netbooks had 64-bit processors. Though, all netbooks should just have 32-bit Windows XP on them to then at least less memory will be consumed by the OS so everything can run more smoothly.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 05:02

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64bit can use the 64bit architecture of the CPU inside, makes them run a little faster then if you installed a 32bit version.

i've seen a few people install a 64bit os for that reason, and to get around the 1-2GB memory limit of windows basic.

answered Jan 08 '12 at 08:45

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