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.
Answer by DJ Scooby Doo · Jan 06, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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.
Answer by EnvoyOfTheEnd · Jan 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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.
Answer by nickjuly4 · Jan 08, 2012 at 07:02 AM
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.
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Jan 08, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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.
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