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I have Windows Seven x64 installed on my PC. The thing is, If I install the Windows updates, the OS will freeze always. This happened to me with Vista, Seven and Eight. Dont know why.

I have read that its casued by a x64 update.

So what should I do? Install an x86 bit version and have Windows updates or keep my PC without updates?

I have 6 GB of RAM. And I want to use my PC mostly for gaming, video editing and programming

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Run 32 bit OS in x64 processor, or keep away from windows updates? False dichotomy. –  ta.speot.is Jun 16 '13 at 12:14

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So what should I do? Install an x86 bit version and have Windows updates or keep my PC without updates?

Heck no!

Do not skip the updates unless you never connect the PC to a network (even only a local network where other computers may get a virus) and you never use removable media.

Rather locate the source of the problem. Why does your computer freeze.

  • Any errors in the event log?
  • Did you try deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder?
    (net stop wuauserv, then delete the folder and do a net start wuauserv).
  • Does this happen after a clean reinstallation before you reinstall any non-OS software? (e.g. third party software which may cause the problem.
  • Did you scan for virusses? Is your DNS working and are there no entries for windowsupdates in your hosts file? Did you try to boot a liveCD and scan the system?
  • etc etc.

As for the OS choice: 32 bit software is ancient. Try to use it only on machines which only have a 32 bit CPU or with 512MiB or less memory. (I know it is theoritically 4 GiB, but you want to have virtual address space for mapping, random address allocation, PCI devices, nmap files etc. All of this can not be used where there is already RAM occupying that address space. Which mean filling all of the normal 32 bit address space with mapped memory is a bad idea.)

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Well, I have just realized that the problem comes when I install new nVidia drivers. i was using a completely clean installation. Installed nVidia drivers and came the problem.Also DURING INSTALLATION MY PC GOT FROZEN WITH BLACK SCREEN!!! What could I do?? Thanks for your answer! –  BamsBamx Jun 16 '13 at 12:02
Check if your graphics card has extra 6 or 8-pins power connectors. If it has those and they are not connected then two things can happen (depending on the cards BIOS). 1) Your PC will not boot and the card may use an on-card speaker to signal you forgot to plug in all power plugs. 2) It will boot but fail as soon as you start using more demanding tasks of it. (e.g. it works in windows 2D 800x600 mode, but when you install the drivers and it is able to switch to better modes it fails due to lack of power). –  Hennes Jun 16 '13 at 12:09
Alternatively, try the graphics card in a different desktop. Do you get the same symptoms? What happens if you use a different graphics card in your desktop? What happens if you use a different PCI-e slot? (This is to rule out hardware problems). –  Hennes Jun 16 '13 at 12:10
Well I cant test the graphic card in other desktop as I havent it. I have a nVidia GeForce 9500 GS, i will open my CPU just now to see it(although i dont know anything about it) –  BamsBamx Jun 16 '13 at 12:14
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