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sjanzeir
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Latitude E6420: why 32-bit?

Hello everyone,

The Latitude E6420 I purchased a few months ago came with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled - the 32-bit version, that is - even though the machine is perfectly capable of supporting the 64-bit version of W7, which I found a bit odd. After having run the original installation for a few days, I reinstalled the system using the 64-bit version and the same product key.

Two questions here:

1. Why did Dell choose to preinstall the 32-bit version of Windows when the machine seems perfectly capable of supporting 64-bit to begin with?

2. Would I - and the machine - have been better off staying with the original 32-bit installation? If yes, b. should I ditch the 64-bit installation and revert back to 32-bit?

Thanks in advance,

Shady

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Latitude E6420: why 32-bit?

Dell are generally preinstalling the 64 bit version of Windows 7 on the Latitude E Series. This system can use the 64 bit version of Windows:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Latitude%20E6420&Cat=RAM

You can put 8 GB of RAM in your laptop to get the best performance, 32 bit maxes out at ~3.5 GB so I would recommend sticking to the 64 bit.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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sjanzeir
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Re: Latitude E6420: why 32-bit?

"Dell are generally preinstalling the 64 bit version of Windows 7 on the Latitude E Series."

So why did mine come with the 32-bit version??!

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Philip_Yip
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Re: Latitude E6420: why 32-bit?

So why did mine come with the 32-bit version??!

They made 32 bit Windows 7 available on some business models generally 64 bit was the default and 32 bit was optional. I don't know why but you can use either on the model, the 64 bit will better especially if you later upgrade your memory to 8 GB.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


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