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what is the key difference between these two
    
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what is the key difference between these two
The main difference is the amount of RAM the OS can reference. 32 bit tops out at just over 3 Gig, while 64 can go to something like 16 Tb. I don't think we'll be needing that much ram for a while... but hey, ya never know.
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wow thats alot of ram is there even a motherboard that can support 128gb of ram
    
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wow thats alot of ram is there even a motherboard that can support 128gb of ram
They've been experimenting with ram in the 100+gb for a while now, but for home applications I think it will be a long time before we see the need for something like that. Needless to say, it won't be the OS holding back the memory down the road...
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When we talk about that much RAM thats only for servers. No typical desktop motherboard is even close to supporting that much.
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oh. so is that the only difference
    
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The main difference is the amount of RAM the OS can reference. 32 bit tops out at just over 3 Gig, while 64 can go to something like 16 Tb. I don't think we'll be needing that much ram for a while... but hey, ya never know.
Vista 64 Premium only supports 16GB. Vista 64 Business and Ultimate only support 128GB. These are artifical limits set by OS developers. A 64-bit can actually support 2,097,152 terabytes.

64-bit Vista has slightly improved security (only slightly).


64-bit Vista can also run application in 64-bit! These are usually MatLab, Maple, and other scientific/math applications.
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Just to get this right. Is 32 bit and 64bit install all available on one disk or seperate ? as I thought they where seperate but know im getting other statements thats not true lol
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I'm pretty sure 32 bit and 64 bit are on different disks. However you can install any variation of Vista (i.e. Home Premium, Business or Ultimate) from one disk.
It's a question of what your key works for.
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Well I know that all variations are on the 1 disk. However I was 99% sure that 32 and 64bit where on seperate disks.
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