Windows 10: What differences are between 64 bit and 32 bit windows 10? Solved

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  1. Bree's Avatar
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       08 Jun 2018 #21

    Superfly said: View Post
    Are we comparing apples with apples? I mean RAM (specifically shared )?
    A 32 bit system only has a 4GB address space ( 232 ). The video RAM has to fit into that space and accounts for the 'hardware reserved' 1.1GB in my x86 screenshot. This means that 1.1GB of the installed RAM cannot be addressed, those addresses are being used for accessing the video memory.

    A 64 bit system has a 16 exabyte address space ( 264 ). With 4GB installed RAM the OS can map the video ram to an address higher than 4GB meaning that virtually all of the installed RAM is available for use.
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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       08 Jun 2018 #22

    A note [in case I missed it]: Office 2010 is the first to be available as either 32-bit or 64-bit, earlier versions were 32-bit only. If installing 64-bit programs on 64-bit Windows there will be a Program Files Folder and a Program Files (x86) Folder on the same drive/partition as Windows. The Program Files (x86) contains the installations of 32-bit programs. A 32-bit version of Windows will have only the Program Files Folder.

    I have an older version of Office installed on one of my Win10 IP/Insider Preview computers, Version 2000. It does work for the basics but I'll be leaving Outlook alone, figure it will give the most problems.

    I do use the 64-bit versions of Office 2013 on my main Desktop and Office 2010 on a slightly older Notebook.
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  3.    08 Jun 2018 #23

    Run into a snag:
    I downloaded the 32 bit version and clicked on setup. it starts, but then tells me: insert the disk labeled 64 bit to install win 10.

    The laptop had win 8 on it and it was 64 bit, also the processor is 64 bit. is that the reason it will not install?

    so I downloaded the 64 bit version and it is installing now. after all is done, I will uninstall KB 2541003 and hope it will work.
    I know it is a bit slow, but I hate win 8 and so I am stuck with win 10

    Also, this is the computer I take on the road when I travel to get my E-Mail and surf the net. my desktop has a newer version of office on it and works just fine.

    Again thanks for all the info

    Sven
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Jun 2018 #24

    Sven1458 said: View Post
    Run into a snag:
    I downloaded the 32 bit version and clicked on setup. it starts, but then tells me: insert the disk labeled 64 bit to install win 10.

    The laptop had win 8 on it and it was 64 bit, also the processor is 64 bit. is that the reason it will not install?
    No, not the processor. A machine built for Windows 8 has a key embedded in the firmware. Windows Setup detects this key and uses it to choose the correct edition to install, Home or Pro. Apparently the Windows 8 key (or something else in the firmware) is also specifying the 'bits' to install. There are ways around this, for example if you want to install Pro on a machine supplied with Windows 8 Home, but you're probably better off with a 64 bit OS.
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  5.    08 Jun 2018 #25

    I did a clean install of win 10 home 64 bits and I am setting it up now.
    the old install was an upgrade to win 10 and was kind of slow. I hope this will be faster, if not by much, at least a little

    Sven
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  6.    09 Jun 2018 #26

    ThrashZone said: View Post
    Hi,
    If it's on the machine in your system spec's you don't want 32 bit as said about the memory deal :)
    Otherwise 32 bit takes half the disk space but primarily for very limited resource machines with 2-3gb memory or old single/ dual core machines.
    Also some old PCs like my 2006 vintage AMD Socket 939 backup PC don't have the instructions needed to support the 64 bit version of Windows 10 but work fine in the 32 bit version.
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  7.    09 Jun 2018 #27

    Berton said: View Post
    A note [in case I missed it]: Office 2010 is the first to be available as either 32-bit or 64-bit, earlier versions were 32-bit only. If installing 64-bit programs on 64-bit Windows there will be a Program Files Folder and a Program Files (x86) Folder on the same drive/partition as Windows. The Program Files (x86) contains the installations of 32-bit programs. A 32-bit version of Windows will have only the Program Files Folder.

    I have an older version of Office installed on one of my Win10 IP/Insider Preview computers, Version 2000. It does work for the basics but I'll be leaving Outlook alone, figure it will give the most problems.

    I do use the 64-bit versions of Office 2013 on my main Desktop and Office 2010 on a slightly older Notebook.
    I have 64 bit Windows but installed the 32 bit version of Office. My research suggested the 32 bit version of Office was more compatible. You only really need the 64 bit version if you are using extremely large Office files.
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  8.    09 Jun 2018 #28

    BTW,
    I just installed Office XP and did not update it, but when I put numbers in a cell, it crashes.
    So uninstalling KB2541003 will do nothing.
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  9. Berton's Avatar
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       09 Jun 2018 #29

    Steve C said: View Post
    I have 64 bit Windows but installed the 32 bit version of Office. My research suggested the 32 bit version of Office was more compatible. You only really need the 64 bit version if you are using extremely large Office files.
    Unless one happens to support those who do need it, always nice to see exactly what they see when having problems.

    I have Office 2000 installed on one of my IP/Insider Preview computers, opened Excel, entered random numbers in random cells, didn't crash. I understand that using a formula to fill cells from data in other cells could be a problem, something could go wrong.
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  10.    09 Jun 2018 #30

    I have the chance to buy Office 2007. is that compatible win win 10 and won't crash?
    Thanks
    Sven
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