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I have 2 GB RAM in my laptop. I want to install Window 7 Ultimate but I don't know which architecture to choose - 32 bit or 64 bit.

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You choose 64bit. However, your question isn't a good fit here, since this is a Q and A site. Please do read the help section to find out what is on and off topic –  Dave Rook Jun 20 at 4:59
    
The architecture which your computer supports. –  abhishekkannojia Jun 20 at 4:59

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32-bit Windows versions support a limit of 4GB of RAM. Don't use the 32-bit version unless you are trying to avoid buying a new OS and think you'll never put more than 4GB of RAM in this system, or if you have software that will only work on a 32-bit system (such as old DOS programs that rely on NTVDM).

However, if your laptop has a 64-bit CPU, you'll get performance and security improvements, so install 64-bit Windows if your CPU supports it and you have no need to stay with 32-bit for compatibility reasons.

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What are the security improvements? No-eXecute is supported in 32-bit by using PAE. –  Paul A. Clayton Jun 20 at 12:17
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The main one I'm thinking about is 64-bit Windows won't load unsigned device drivers and actively tries to prevent kernel modification, making it a bit more difficult for malware from loading unsigned drivers as an exploitation route. Not a hardware difference, just a software difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions. –  ultrasawblade Jun 20 at 13:03

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