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I will be receiving my Vista Ultimate tomorrow and I am planning on installing it with 4GB of memory (second set of 2GB is on its way). From what I have read x64 seems to be quite stable, reliable, and secure. Is there anything that someone can point out that would be a reason not to go with the x64. This needs to be something a little more than the compatibility issues with some software, I think everyone who gets x64 understands that.

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i guess.. poor driver support? thats all i could think of i guess.
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There hasn't been a driver I couldn't find.

Seems very stable and nice.. Only drawback with any 64-Bit browser is no flash player...
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i guess.. poor driver support? thats all i could think of i guess.
Windows Vista x64 requires that coders actually put effort into their drivers. The drivers must be digitally signed, which means they have to be decent. The problem isn't coding the drivers, but it is the lazy coders.

This falls in with the general compatibility issue.
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Only drawback with any 64-Bit browser is no flash player...
The x64 version of Vista will install two copies of Internet Explorer, 32-bit and 64-bit. You can obtain a flash plug-in for the 32-bit version easily enough. Or you could just go FireFox like many others.
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The x64 version of Vista will install two copies of Internet Explorer, 32-bit and 64-bit. You can obtain a flash plug-in for the 32-bit version easily enough. Or you could just go FireFox like many others.
Firefox isn't for everyone. If it provides increases compatibility compared to IE7, then I will use it. However, I run FF 2.0 now and I find it to be less stable than IE7. I would use IE7 but my computer has issues with Genuine Confirmation.

Thanks for the info on the IE versions.
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I know Flash works in 64-Bit OS's with 32-Bit browsers.. but there is no 64-Bit Browser that supports flash..
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I know Flash works in 64-Bit OS's with 32-Bit browsers.. but there is no 64-Bit Browser that supports flash..
I wonder what the issue is?
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post #9 of 21
Most of the Firefox 1.5x versions were much more stable for me than Firefox 2.0 and while I found IE6/7 to be less stable than 1.5x of Fx, IE7 is more stable than Fx 2.0. Firefox just has so many damn crashes for me. I've used it in both Vista and XP too. While I'm sure that there are numerous advantages to Fx 2.0 from 1.5x that I can't understand, I have still had a worse user experience.
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People keep getting incompatibility misconceptions. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, just in case people don't have the message.
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You don't have to worry about 32 bit software compatibility in Windows Vista or XP x64, since they run natively and seamlessly.
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