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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:18 pm 
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Just bought a used Dell latitude E4300 laptop for a project, it is being shipped as I write. Want to prepare to set it up when it arrives. It has the Vista Business COA and a new replacement hard drive without the OS installed, -NO- OS install disc comes with it.

So I'm not sure which OS I need 32 or 64 bit, here is the Dell support link:

ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products ... _en-us.pdf

Looking at specifications tab, do I need the 64bit OS?

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The laptop will support both 32 and 64 Bit operating systems. When the laptop arrives, look on the bottom for a "Service Tag", and use that number on the Dell support website to see how get recovery disks (if available), and download all necessary drivers. There is a specific order to installing various applications and drivers. The Dell user forums are a good source for this info. Not sure if you can still get Vista, maybe Dell can send them to you. You might want to contact the seller and have him/her transfer the computer (service tag) to your name. This will make downloading applications and drivers easier.

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Thanks

I remember reading something that for all of the memory (up to 8 MB) to be recognized the 64 bit OS should be installed? I'll never have more than 4 MB Ram so 32 Bit will work for me.

Thanks for clearing that up.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:03 pm 
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ed4586 wrote:
Mark H

Thanks

I remember reading something that for all of the memory (up to 8 MB) to be recognized the 64 bit OS should be installed? I'll never have more than 4 MB Ram so 32 Bit will work for me.

Thanks for clearing that up.

Ed
Its not just RAM, it is file size too... If you have a file of about 3.9Gb and bigger, 32bit operating systems are limited on moving/copying with it.. 64bit these days is a more viable option.

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I would go with the 64-bit choice. It is backward compatible to almost all 32-bit programming. But you may have problems with older 16-bit programming.
When considering the total memory use of a system, that must include any device with its own memory.. such as video cards. Any greater amount than 3.25 GB may cause issues.

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