Robert, I'd agree that if someone is buying a new computer and is only planning on doing word processing on it, then there's probably no point in them spending cash on getting over 2GB RAM in it (spend it on a better quality PSU, or a nice big fast SSD drive, or a couple of nice big monitor screens, or...)
But if you already have a PC with 2GB RAM and have a choice of 32bit vs 64bit Windows, then I really don't see any reason to go for 32 bit on the grounds of "compatibility" - the only things you may have compatibility problems with are, as you say, ancient DOS programs or some obsolete hardware drivers.... and if someone is concerned with compatibility and wants an easy life, I don't see what they'd be doing with either of those on their PC in the first place! :) Avoiding keeping your IT estate current on compatibility grounds is very much a false economy, as sooner or later they'll find themselves marooned with software that is no longer up to the job and with no easy upgrade path... As for memory-intensive audio software: that's a textbook example of an application where 64 bit is ideal! If you're running big audio sample libraries (e.g. there's orchestral ones out there these days that run to tens of gigabytes) then you'll want them all loaded up in RAM at once, which is only possible on a 64 bit OS. You can expect hugely better performance in that scenario kind of scenario with 64 bit. If you're not seeing it then that suggests to me that something's not configured right on your PC..... Message: 6 Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:49:35 -0800 From: Robert Lauriston <rob...@lauriston.com> To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Compatibility of old(ish) Software with Windows 7 Message-ID: <can3yy4ag7kcnslesfev2r_haitompkztzuduqtpjgkhqpxy...@mail.gmail.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 I think buying more than 4GB of RAM would be a waste of money for most tech writers. The only thing I've done in my work where I've needed more than 4GB is testing server applications with large memory footprints. The rest of the time I'm not using even half my 4GB. Outside of work I run music software that's extremely memory-intensive and 4GB on 32-bit is not a bottleneck. On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM, Syed Zaeem Hosain (syed.hos...@aeris.net) <syed.hos...@aeris.net> wrote: > On a modern computer/laptop of the past few years, which are usually fully > 64-bit capable and _usually_ have more than 4GB of main memory, installing > Windows 7 32-bit is silly and wasteful. You end up not using the memory above > 4GB (actually, less, since the graphics cards and stuff also take up some of > the low-memory in a 32-bit OS load), etc., etc., etc. *** Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail, including any associated or attached files, is intended solely for the individual or entity to which it is addressed. This e-mail is confidential and may well also be legally privileged. If you have received it in error, you are on notice of its status. Please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and then delete this message from your system. Please do not copy it or use it for any purposes, or disclose its contents to any other person. This email comes from a division of the Invensys Group, owned by Invensys plc, which is a company registered in England and Wales with its registered office at 3rd Floor, 40 Grosvenor Place, London, SW1X 7AW (Registered number 166023). For a list of European legal entities within the Invensys Group, please select the Legal Entities link at invensys.com. Invensys PLC is owned by the Schneider-Electric Group. You may contact Invensys plc on +44 (0)20 3155 1200 or e-mail recept...@invensys.com. This e-mail and any attachments thereto may be subject to the terms of any agreements between Invensys (and/or its subsidiaries and affiliates) and the recipient (and/or its subsidiaries and affiliates). _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to framers as arch...@mail-archive.com. Send list messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscr...@lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/archive%40mail-archive.com Send administrative questions to listad...@frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.