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Vista: 32 Bit or 64 Bit?

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#1 of 4 OFFLINE   Dalton



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Posted September 25 2007 - 01:59 PM

What are the advantages of the 64 bit over the 32 bit? Also i assume the 64 bit is backwards compatible with 32 bit software? Thanks, Dalton

#2 of 4 OFFLINE   Tekara


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Posted September 25 2007 - 02:56 PM

My advice is to stick with 32bit for now; it's a lot easier dealing with drivers in 32bit vista right now. Even in SP1 vista64 requires that all drivers be digitally signed which means that you won't find drivers for older hardware or for hardware from smaller vendors that didn't go through the process of getting it signed which basically boils down to you being SOL.
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#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Glenn Overholt

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Posted September 25 2007 - 03:13 PM

I think what you want to know is that 64 bit won't do you any good UNLESS you have 64-bit software. Glenn

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Chris


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Posted September 25 2007 - 04:28 PM

Vista 64 bit runs Windows XP & 32 bit applications using a function called "Windows on Windows" (WoW) which can cause a performance hit of up to 30%.

The advantage of 64 bit is this:

* Access to more then 3GB of RAM without PAE and in multiple configurations.
* Access to multi-teratybe of single point services
* Applications that are 64bit of course, benefit.

But yes, there are compatibility issues. Let me give you one that often gets mentioned: Adobe Flash Player (you know, Flash? In websites?) will not install in 64bit Internet Explorer. So, you have to run 32bit Internet explorer to run flash Posted Image

For right now, unless you have a tangible reason, go with 32bit... it's sad.. MS could have changed this is they would have pushed more.. but they didn't, they bailed.
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