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 <>
To: "" <>
Subject: Re: Compatibility of old(ish) Software with Windows 7
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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
( <> 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.

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