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Ok to make this fast and to the point im upgrading my windows I have vista basic. I told my friend I needed a vista 64. So I went to install so Now It asks me which OPERATING SYSTEM I would like to install. So do I choose windows vista ultimate X86 or windows vista Ultimate x64? I want 64 bit windows but is the X86 64-Bit? what are the differences? I was told vista 64bit was fixed with the sp1 release. Please help asap sitting at selection screen and excited!!!
    
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x86 is just 32 bit. The 64 bit will come on a seperate DVD. So if you have the option to install x86 (32 bit), and you want 64 bit, you need the other install disk. BTW Ultimate comes with one of each.
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so i guess my question now is what are the gain of 64 bit opposed to 32 bit? From what i hear it has faster loads in areas such as windows and video accellerator. On toms hardware they reccomend the new 64bit with sp1. True or not true. I think toms harware sometimes sells out and exaderates for comission, if you know what i mean I want real facts please
    
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I agree with Vista 64 bit being a great OS. The true benefit that most care about is the maximum supported Ram. 32 bit limits you to 4Gb mx, which includes video card ram and other components. So you really only get approx. 3.5Gb of max ram. 64 but allows for more, depending on your motherboard and OS version (Basic, Home, Preimium, Ultimate etc...). So if you want to run 4 - 8Gb of ram, you need 64 Bit.
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I agree 64 bit is the way to go.
But if you have vista basic and install ultimate(it will let you) you will not be able to activate it
    
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I agree with Vista 64 bit being a great OS. The true benefit that most care about is the maximum supported Ram. 32 bit limits you to 4Gb mx, which includes video card ram and other components. So you really only get approx. 3.5Gb of max ram. 64 but allows for more, depending on your motherboard and OS version (Basic, Home, Preimium, Ultimate etc...). So if you want to run 4 - 8Gb of ram, you need 64 Bit.
can you do x64 with 3gb?
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Don't waste your money on Ultimate.

Just get Home Premium X64

and yes you can use ANY amount on ram with x64 instead of being limited to 3Gb and less like 32bit
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Don't waste your money on Ultimate.

Just get Home Premium X64

and yes you can use ANY amount on ram with x64 instead of being limited to 3Gb and less like 32bit
I agree with you on that one also. Get Home Premium x64. Driver support is good.
 
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Don't waste your money on Ultimate.

Just get Home Premium X64

and yes you can use ANY amount on ram with x64 instead of being limited to 3Gb and less like 32bit
Incorrect, Vista Ultimate x64 supports 128GBs of RAM. While this isn't an infinite amount, it's huge.
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I also agree. 64-bit Vista is the way to go. I'm going to reformat the HDD on my Dell XPS M1330 and install Vista Ultimate x64 on it too. It's a bit faster than 32-bit Vista and most importantly, recognizes all the RAM that you have installed.
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