64-bit Windows 7 Information Page

The following information relates to 64-Bit versions of the Windows 7 operating system. Information about the 32-bit (standard) version of the Windows 7 operating system is available at the Windows 7 Launch Page.

64-bit operating systems were originally designed to handle more intensive computing than standard operating systems. Advanced graphics design, sound and video editing, and high-powered calculations are just some of the reasons 64-bit systems are used. 64-bit operating systems have evolved to the point of presenting a quicker and more fluid day-to-day experience with computing. However, because of this system's capabilities, 64-bit operating systems require a significantly more powerful machine in order to operate correctly. In fact, 64-bit operating systems literally requires double the specifications of 32-bit (standard) operating systems. Below are the minimum requirements* for a computer at NJIT to run 64-bit Windows 7:

  • CPU: 2.4 GHz Dual-Core/Hyperthreading CPU's or greater. No Single Core Celeron, Pentium or Duron processors.
  • RAM: 4+GB, 6GB or higher STRONGLY recommened
  • Video Card: 256MB supporting DirectX 10.0 STRONGLY recommended, no integrated video cards.
  • Hard Drive: 200GB Serial-ATA or better with at least 25GB free
  • Media Drives: DVD-ROM, DVD/CD-Writer recommended
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • Multimedia Card Reader: optional
  • Floppy: optional
  • Firewire: optional
  • Sound Card: optional

*Note: These are the minimum requirements. Meeting these requirements will give users the baseline experience, a similar experience to meeting the minimum requirements for 32-bit (standard) Windows 7. If your PC meets the above requirements, you may want to consider using Windows 7 32-bit for an optimized experience.

For students and faculty with computers that meet or exceed the above requirements and have an interest in testing/using 64-bit Windows 7, it is available for download at the IST Software Download Site.

Last Updated: June 29, 2017