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Well currently im on windows xp 32 bit but since i got new hardware i was thinking i should switch to vista. So should i use 32 bit or 64 bit ? or just stay on xp 32bit
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Vista 64-bit. You will regret going 32-bit if you ever get 4GB of ram.
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What are disadvantages with 64 bit and do you thin ki should switch to vista because i really only use mny pc for gaming
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post #4 of 26
It costs about the same.

Some software runs faster in Vista 64-bit then it's little brother 32-bit.
You would miss few ram issues in the future (ammount of ram, limited userspace).
You can still run those 32-bit programs.


X64 has the future.



Here's some more 64-bitness for you
http://www.start64.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit
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What are disadvantages with 64 bit and do you thin ki should switch to vista because i really only use mny pc for gaming
32bit apps run slower in a 64bit environment, but thats really about the only disadvantage with vista 64, generally anything that doesn't work in vista 64 won't work in vista 32 either.
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What are disadvantages with 64 bit and do you thin ki should switch to vista because i really only use mny pc for gaming
64-bit is the future, 32-bit is for people living in the past.

64-bit may have some program compability issues, but they are being fixed rather fast and it can be hard to find a program that won't work in 64-bit.

The more people that start using 64-bit OSes, the faster it will become mainstream and the faster the issues will be worked out.

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32bit apps run slower in a 64bit environment, but thats really about the only disadvantage with vista 64.
Sorry, thats not true anymore.. It might have been when 64-bit first came out. 32bit applications also have a slight performance increase under 64-bit OSes depending on the application.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/16/08 at 6:30am
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post #7 of 26
I don't think programs run slower (hadn't heard or seen that) but there are some compatibility issues with driver signing, but nothing that can't be gotten around.

If you ever get more than 4gb of ram, then go with 64bit
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I don't think programs run slower (hadn't heard or seen that) but there are some compatibility issues with driver signing, but nothing that can't be gotten around.

If you ever get more than 4gb of ram, then go with 64bit
With all of my current hardware I haven't had any issue with drivers.
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Driver signing is a Vista deal, not the x64 part (althoug I have never had a problem).

As everybody else has said, go x64. Ability to use more RAM, more secure, support is just as good as 32 bit, 32 bit still works under it (but 16 bit does not, but if your still using 16 bit software, you don't need a new computer).
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post #10 of 26
Very few programs won't run under x64, and you could always dual boot

With 8 gigs of ram there are no programs that run slower in x64, and most run much faster (since win xp x86 can't use over 3.5 gigs of ram)
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