When Should We Change To Windows 64 bit? – Windows had been notoriously known for releasing two versions of Windows, the 32-bit (x86) and the 64-bit (x68). However, since the 64-bit versions always have better capabilities, it should be easier to change the windows 64-bit, right? Should we consider it?
• The Difference Between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows
Without explaining the details only experts will understand, the difference between each version lays in the system memory they can accommodate. The 32-bit version is the slower one of the two – it can only operate 32-bit apps and accommodate system memory up to 4GB.
Meanwhile, the 64-bit version can operate both 32-bit and 64-bit apps on top of the capability of accommodating system memory past 4GB. Right now, the most RAM you can get is 18GB, but 64-bit Windows version theoretically can handle system memory even past 18GB. Even though it doesn’t matter much when we intend to play online games in, it actually matters on other things.
• Should We Change to The 64-bit Version?
Indeed, seeing the difference between the two versions, the 64-bit version is much more capable compared to the 32-bit version. Though the 32-bit version can still handle light to moderate processing (word processing, excel, light games, etc.), changing your OS system to 64-bit will give you more versatility especially when choosing app versions. However, make sure that your device can handle the update. Here’s how:
- Open your Windows setting
- Choose ‘System’
- Choose ‘About’
- Find ‘System Type’ and see what it told you.
In ‘System Type’, you will see the Windows version you currently use and the actual capability of the CPU capability. As long as it is written ‘32-bit operating system, x64-based processor’, that means you can upgrade to the 64-bit version.
• You May Need The 32-bit Version When…
Though it is rare nowadays, there are occasions where you actually need the 32-bit version, such as:
- If you are using an old computer. Old computers always use x86-based processors, so they can only use 32-bit operation systems.
- The RAM is limited. Devices with 500MB or 1GB RAMS will work better using 32-bit versions. These types of devices usually use x86-based processors anyway.
- If you are using certain apps with 16-bit versions or use kernel patching, 64-bit OS will be compatible with them. So, 32-bit OS it is.
While it is true that 64-bit versions of Windows (or any operating systems in general) are more versatile and efficient compared to the 32-bit ones. However, that doesn’t mean everyone should use it – old computers, memory size, and several applications work better with 32-bit OS versions. So, if you want to change your Windows version, consider those first.