April 29 2011

Reasons to avoid Windows 7 32-bit

There is a great new post over here (http://adventuresinosd.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-10-reasons-to-avoid-windows-7-32.html) at Adventures in OSD on the reasons to avoid the 32-bit version of Windows 7 in the enterprise.

I strongly agree with all of his points and made one conclusion – if you are going to run a 32-bit OS then stick with Windows XP 32-bit, if you are going to run a 64-bit OS then run Windows 7 64-bit. Don’t give any other options.

I have deployed both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 in environments too and you are basically creating yourself twice the work with a nightmare of ongoing maintenance.

More here – http://adventuresinosd.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-10-reasons-to-avoid-windows-7-32.html

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March 27 2010

Simple query to find if processor is 64 bit capable

I’ve often used a very simple query to find if a processor is 64 bit capable. Open up a command prompt and enter the following:
wmic cpu get datawidth
I doesn’t matter the version of the Operating System you are running, this WMI query will return the actually hardware processor capability. If it returns a value of 64, this means that the hardware is 64-bit capable, so you can go ahead and load up a 64-bit version of the OS. If the value is returned as 32 then unfortunately your hardware is only 32-bit capable and you are stuck with the 32-bit version of the OS.