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Lenovo T400 Windows 7 Upgrade ??

Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:32 pm

I have a T400 Lenovo running Vista 32 bit. The machine is a year old. Two issues - Vista hangs from time to time and the drive is about 70 full.

If I upgrade the OS and the drive - does it warrant going to 64 bit? This would be a fresh install and not sure if any conflict with Lenovo drivers for the T400 or not. This would also be investing about $300 into the laptop that appears to be worth the investment.

Any comments or opinions would be appreciated.
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Re: Lenovo T400 Windows 7 Upgrade ??

Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:57 pm

How much RAM is in the system? If it is more than 3 gigs then it is worth it to go 64-bit. Vista 32-bit may tell you that it "sees" 4 gigs but it was just for show to shut people up.
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Re: Lenovo T400 Windows 7 Upgrade ??

Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:13 pm

You could try running the upgrade advisor though I'm not sure if specifically checks for 64bit compatibility. Did Lenovo ever offer 64bit (Vista or 7) for that model?

Actually, looking at Levovo's support page it looks like there are 64bit Win7 drivers for pretty much everything -- even the Ricoh card reader -- so you should be good to go (Win7 should have base drivers included for most of the hardware anyway, since it's all pretty standard Intel mobile guts).

However, as Fox says, you're only going to see a net benefit from 64bit if you have (or anticipate installing) more than 3GiB of RAM. Windows x64 is a little cleaner architecturally, but the page tables required for 64bit actually take up a little more memory, so you only end up ahead if there was RAM sitting around going unused in 32bit. (And there may be a BIOS upgrade required also, if that model didn't support hoisting RAM by default). Or if there's a 64bit-only program you want to run (or code).

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