A while ago we made a video talking about the use of 64-bit and 32-bit systems on both Linux and Windows. In today's post we will take a little of this idea and discuss when each of them can be used.
Operating systems can be designed to be used on top of 32-bit or 64-bit processors. A 64-bit system cannot run on a 32-bit processor, but a 32-bit operating system can run on a processor. 64. This means that you can use a 32-bit operating system on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors.
However, if you use Windows, a 32bit system will not be able to recognize more than 4gb of RAM (Except for special server versions), you may be wasting memory if you have more memory than that. For Linux, we have a feature accessible to virtually every distro called "Kernel PAE", with "PAE" being an acronym for physical address extension. The PAE kernel allows more than 4 gigs of RAM to be recognized, but the question remains: when should we use a 32-bit system and when should we use a 64-bit one?
Well, the practical answer: When your 32-bit processor is.
And for that, you may have to go back a long time to easily find a non-64-bit processor. If you have a 64-bit processor, choose to run a 64-bit system, because if you run a 32-bit 64-bit system, in addition to wasting some of your processor performance, you may be playing a bit of RAM out.
There are people who prefer to put 32-bit system on low memory machines like netbooks for example, because 64-bit systems end up using a little more RAM than 32-bit, although it's still not the best thing to do. Because you end up not taking better advantage of CPU processing and the impact on RAM, it turns out not to be so great.
If you have not understood what processors have to do with choosing a 32 or 64 bit system, watch the video below so you can better understand the relationship between them. This content was made for lay people on the subject, so if you have more knowledge and want to study further, check out this post with more complete information on the subject.
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