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Hey guys, I just finished building my new computer and now that I've made the transition to 64bit platform I'm wondering if I should get the 64 bit version of windows xp.

I've heard conflicting arguements on it. Some say that its not worth it because driver support is horrible and not many things take advantage of the 64 bit OS. Others tell me there is a performance increase and that the driver support while not great is managable.

Any opinions/suggestions?
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post #2 of 5
What do you mean you've made the transition to the 64-bit platform? Hm..I guess you mean CPU

Driver support is indeed bad. There are a rare number of 64-bit OS drivers.
Bottom line is stay with 32-bit. As well as for the mass..

XP or Vista, I recommend you stick with 32-bit.
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To be honest, I ran XP x64 Professional for quite some time. I did like the thought of having an increas in performance dealing with the x64 architecture compared to the x86, but this wasn't really the case. Many benchs that people have ran will show you that the performance increase isn't really there for any apps. out at the moment. And, yes, the driver aquisition is quite painful at times. I could not get AquaMark to work no matter what I did, and there were no drivers in existance for my USB Bluetooth adapter that worked with x64 XP(though there were for x64 Vista).
All in all, just stick with x86 until a year or so from now when you'll actually benefit from it.
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Thanks guys. I think I was pretty much leaning that way anyway after all the other stories I've heard. Kinda of crappy that they come out with a better architecture but there is poor support for it. Why even bother to make it then....oh well.
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I'm gona bat the other way and say go with x64.

The more its used = More demand = More drivers and applications made.
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