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32 bit or 64 bit ???? SHOULD I ????

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Hi there. I am recently in the middle or making my new pc and i am going to be buying windows vista home premium edtion. Now seeing as i am getting the Q6600 Quad core prosessor from intel which supports 64 bit should i get 64 bit windows or should i just get 32 bit for now and then when untill 64 bit gets better e.g all of the drivers and game updates are out then get it.

I am stuck on this one

Thanks allot

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64 bit for Vista is good, I'm using it now . Alot better compared to how 64 bit XP was, that was bad. Driver support is here for 64 bit Vista though and more things will take advantage of it fully in the future.
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Haveing used x64 Business since before its release, I can confirm that the drivers are definately up to a reasonable quality. The only x64 applications I run are Avast antivirus, mainly down to the fact that it uses drivers, which in turn must be x64 capable, and Far Cry x64 patch. As for x64 being any faster than x86 I can't really say for certain as I switched straight from XP Home to Vista x64 Business and although I noticed a considerable improvement in perfomance I cannot say for sure whether this was down to Vista itself or the x64 environment.

One thing I am certain of is that PatchGuard, a security implementation that disallows unsigned drivers from being applied to the kernel, is exclusive to all x64 versions of Vista only. In my opinion you shouldn't even consider x86 if you're making the switch to Vista. Although there aren't many x64 capable home applications at the moment, I feel you would still be better of with 64-bit. At the end of the day, you will at least have the flexibilty to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications under x64 whilst with x86 you will be limited to 32-bit only. Couple those two points with the fact that you can use more than 4GB of RAM (up to 16GB for Premium and up to 128GB for Business and Ultimate) and the choice becomes a bit of a no-brainer.
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RIGHT well you both just said it !!!! 64 bit it is then ... i was just concerned thats all. Brill thanks alot guys ill get that order through tonight then lol

Thanks again
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Ditto everything they said. Don't believe the hype, I've got Vista HP 64-bit and able to use all my programs just like I did on 32-bit XP. And as was mentioned Vista 64-bit allows you to still use X86 programs. So you can still use a lot of 32 bit stuff.
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Just make sure that any older devices, such as printers and scanners, that you own have x64 drivers available. That's the only falling point when it comes to Vista x64, though you can always get roound this by simply instaling them onto a Windows XP computer and share them through your home network instead. As I said before, if you do come across any compatibility issues, it won't be anything a quick Google search won't tell you how to fix.
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