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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

Can I install 64 bit Windows 7 or 8 on system with 3gb ram ? Its a laptop with Core2Duo processor .

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Short answer: Yes –  Oliver Salzburg Jul 5 '12 at 15:53
What makes you think you shouldn't? That's what I'm curious about. Is it the fact that the system only has 3gb of Ram that makes you think you shouldn't? –  Bon Gart Jul 5 '12 at 15:54
I meant will it run fine and will get the 64 bit performance on 3gb ram or will I need 4gb ram for real 64 bit experience ? –  Dagger Jul 5 '12 at 15:58
"64 bit performance" should be about the same as "32 bit performance". –  Hennes Jul 5 '12 at 16:03
For most people "64-bit performance" with Windows means being able to install and make use of more that 3 GB of ram at a time. –  martineau Jul 5 '12 at 17:08

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Yes. All Core 2 Duo CPUs support 64-bit. From Wikipedia:

Intel Core 2 (including Mobile processors since "Merom")

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From the Microsoft minimum specs, you'll need at least 2GB, which you have. You might notice a modest performance increase from 64 bit, but it won't be huge.

Of course, the more RAM, the better!

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