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64 bit vs. 32 bit Windows

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Can anyone tell me what the advantages and disadvantages of these two types of windows are?
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1234095823045890239845 other people can tell you. Check this thread out:

http://www.overclock.net/operating-s...ollection.html

Ok, I'll feel mean if I don't answer: for vista, just go 64-bit.

Advantages: faster, you can use 4GB+ RAM

Disadvantages: compatibility (it's not a big issue anymore, though)

Flip that around for 32-bit's dis/advantages.
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64-bit theoretically is a lot faster than 32bit but because 32 bit is the mainstream now 64bit migration has no been that great therefore only delievers 32-bit like performance.

64bit is suppose to be all better than 32 bit so i'll start with advantages:
1. more data througput
2. greater memory mapping (supports 4gb+ ram)
3. driver signing (security feature)
4. legacy virus protection, as in no 32-bit virus that attacks kernel can work

disadvantages
1. 32-apps are emulated, although speed is almost the same
2. compatiliblility issues with some 32bit apps
3. 16bit software does not work
4. driver signing and compatibility (this can be both good or bad, depending how you look at it; you choose security over compatibility)

that's all i can think of at the moment, as i said 64-bit is not mature enough yet to become mainstream. The only major reason to go to 64bit is if you have 4gb+ ram, otherwise 32-bit will suffice.
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wheew! thanks. next time ill have a better look.
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