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Guys what are the advantages and disadvantages of these operating systems? I ve heard that 64bit Vista is a pain...

Sorry if its not the appropriate forum to ask.

Thanks in advance.
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Only use 64 bit if you have 4 or more GB of ram, otherwise it is a pain and not worth the hassle. I use Vista-64, but I have 6GB of ram, so it's a waste of my hard-earned money not to. Vista 64 is MUCH better than XP 64 was in terms of compatibility. I have yet to find a normal program that wont work with Vista 64, but i found myriad programs that wouldn't work with XP 64. The biggest pain is driver compatibility, and that is becoming less and less of a problem.

At the end of the day, if you have less than 4 GB of ram, it isn't worth it.
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got it. thanks alot
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post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by HardwaterH4ck3r View Post
Only use 64 bit if you have 4 or more GB of ram, otherwise it is a pain and not worth the hassle. I use Vista-64, but I have 6GB of ram, so it's a waste of my hard-earned money not to. Vista 64 is MUCH better than XP 64 was in terms of compatibility. I have yet to find a normal program that wont work with Vista 64, but i found myriad programs that wouldn't work with XP 64. The biggest pain is driver compatibility, and that is becoming less and less of a problem.

At the end of the day, if you have less than 4 GB of ram, it isn't worth it.
Your post is conflicting. How is it a pain with less RAM? That doesn't make any sense.

Get 64 bit regardless of how much RAM you have. Unless you have less than 2GB, then you shouldnt use Vista at all.
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post #5 of 17
he's saying if you have less than 4 G of ram it's more hassle than it's worth.
If you're not going to use 4G of ram then get 32 bit.
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I don't think 64bit vista is a hassle at all, i have not had any problems with software, except for nod32 that's the only program i had problems with.
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post #7 of 17
Vista in general has been a pain for me. However, I use a lot of older software; software that has either been discontinued or is unsupported. That means not x64 versions, and no signed drivers. I chose Vista x64 because I am a large-format digital photographer, and I need the more than 4GB of RAM that Vista offers, and a Mac Pro is out of the budget.
If you foresee a need for greater than 4GB of RAM or running x64 programs, by all means get Vista x64. If you don't, then stick with XP. No reason to get Vista x32 when there is already a tried-and-true 32-bit OS from Microsoft.
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post #8 of 17
Go with 64 bit, with new games coming out, OS's taking up more and more RAM usage as each new one comes out. 2GB is not enough for the average gamer/enthusiast in vista anymore, so go with 64 bit and not have to worry about physical memory (RAM and GPU memory cumulative total 3.5GB) limit of a 32 bit OS.
    
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agreed- 64 bit even if you dont have 4 Gb of ram , even if u only have 2gb ram vista 64 bit is better than the 32 bit in most scenarios--

It's +- 15 % faster
for future upgrading to 4 Gb(since 32 bit doesnt utilise 4 Gb of ram) 64bit is the wiser choice
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I'm curious to know what kind of "pain" Vista 64 is.

I currently have two Vista 64 systems and two Vista 32 systems, there is no functional difference between them. I've used every version of Windows and Vista is no worse than any of them. It's certainly faster on the same hardware than XP (64 or 32 bit)..
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