Most computers purchased within the past couple of years can run the 64-bit version, though there are exceptions. To determine which version to get, we recommend downloading and running CPU-Z. It's a small, free program.
When you come to the screen shown below, if you see EM64T or AMD64 in the instructions field (red box), your computer is 64-bit capable and you should purchase the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
The advantage of the 64-bit version of Windows is memory capacity. 32-bit operating systems can utilize up to about 3.3GB of RAM, while with 64-bit versions the amount of usable RAM is almost limitless. More RAM means that memory intensive applications will run faster, and you can have numerous programs running at the same time.
We can answer basic questions by phone during business hours.
For $30, we can install Windows 7 for you. Call first, and then bring your computer to Information Systems (second floor of Wright Hall, beneath the Dining Hall). If you bring it in the morning, we can usually have it ready by 5 p.m. Payment may be made in cash, or by check or credit card. Tennessee sales tax applies.