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Windows 7 64-bit now used by majority of Steam owners


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Steam's new monthly update of its hardware survey results show that the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is now used by a slight majority of its subscribers on their PCs.

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While many PC users have hardware and operating systems in their machines that are considered old or even obsolete, PC owners who use the Steam download service from Valve tend to stay more on the cutting edge of PC hardware and software development. Valve has given the option for Steam users to upload their hardware specs to the company to create a survey of their users.

In the newly updated Steam survey results for March 2012, they show that for the first time, the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is now used by a slight majority of people who agreed to send information for the survey. The numbers for March show that 53.91 percent of Steam users have the 64-bit version of Windows 7 installed, a massive increase of 10.89 percent compared to February.

This shows that, for PC gaming at least, gamers clearly want the 64-bit version of Windows 7 installed on their rigs. The 32-bit version of Windows XP is a distant second with 14.78 percent, followed by the 32-bit version of Windows 7 at 13.76 percent.

Other parts of the survey show that 31.21 percent of Steam users have 5 GB or more RAM installed on their PC. 48.64 percent have two processor cores in their CPU but that 40.02 percent have four cores inside.

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