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Re: [WIN7] Moving from 32 to 64bit??
said by JohnInSJ:
does your computer have more than 4gb of ram? If not, there is no reason at all to do it.
I agree with the conclusion, so I am hesitant to make this point, but there are advantages of the 64 bit version from a security standpoint. Supposedly the kernal is much better protected using the 64 bit version. Having said that I have seen so many 64 bit systems trashed by malware, rootkits, etc. that my feeling is in the real world there isn't that big a difference. The bad guys know how to get around the protection.
That was certainly the case ages ago, where I could click on infected keygens and cracks with wreckless abandon and they'd crash on Windows XP x64 and Windows Vista x64 prior to around SP1, but these days infections are multi-platform especially if a person has Java running on their system.
You still have a better protected kernal in the 64 bit version. There may be instances where a particular piece of malware doesn't do the damage on one system it would do on another. I don't sleep any better with a 64 system then I would with a 32 bit system. You are right. The majority of the really bad stuff doesn't care and does it damage regardless of what version of Windows you happen to be running. There are some new protections that Microsoft and the hardware vendors have gotten together on in Windows 8, that should help some with systems that fully support the technology.