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Old 05-28-07, 10:07 PM   #1
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Default 64 Bit Pros and Cons (Vista)

The topic really says all I need answered.

What are the pros and cons of the 64 bit version of Vista?
I'm considering upgrading from 32 to 64, but I am a serious gamer, and i heard 64 doesn't like games all to well.

Any help or advice is much appreciated.

And its not just games Im interested in, i want to know all the pros and cons of 64 bit.
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Old 05-28-07, 10:41 PM   #2
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http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1426/...ion_x64_vs_x86
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Old 05-28-07, 10:44 PM   #3
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that from june 2006, very out of date

don't take that article to seriously
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Default Re: 64 Bit Pros and Cons (Vista)

Ill just wait till some more posts show up then but thanks supra anyways
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Old 05-28-07, 11:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: 64 Bit Pros and Cons (Vista)

What you're really asking is if 64-bit is right for you and unless you try it out yourself it's really hard to say. You can set up a dual-boot system that has both 32-bit and 64-bit. Configure a dual-boot system and test it out. It's the only way to know for sure.
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that from june 2006, very out of date

don't take that article to seriously
true but i think the info still applies.
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Old 05-28-07, 11:56 PM   #7
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Default Re: 64 Bit Pros and Cons (Vista)

The Pros
64-bit is more secure than 32 and it supports 4GB or more of memory. 32bit Vista only supports 4GB of memory. ( less on a per application basis )

The main cons

Many apps are 5-10% slower on 64bit and some older software will not run on 64 bit.

It doesn't take long to find out if drivers are available for your hardware. Depending on what you have it is either an issue or not. Any hardware you buy in the future should not be a problem.
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true but i think the info still applies.
1. Most hardware does not currently have 64-bit drivers.

WRONG

2. In Vista x64, any driver that is not properly signed will not be able to enter the kernel and will fail to load.

WRONG, it can be disabled


3. Vista x64 currently does not backward support most x86 (32-bit) drivers.

that will never change, and there is no reason to change

4. Vista x64 does not support 16-bit software.

so?

5. Very little x64 software currently exists.

so?
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1. Most hardware does not currently have 64-bit drivers.

WRONG

2. In Vista x64, any driver that is not properly signed will not be able to enter the kernel and will fail to load.

WRONG, it can be disabled


3. Vista x64 currently does not backward support most x86 (32-bit) drivers.

that will never change, and there is no reason to change

4. Vista x64 does not support 16-bit software.

so?

5. Very little x64 software currently exists.

so?
ok. agreed. i lean towards 32bit side but like Ancient said. its probs best for him to try them both and see which is better for him.

and wtf is with the bolded replies.
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and wtf is with the bolded replies.
what you can't read?
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I'd say go 64bit. The only programs I've encountered that don't work in x64 are 3D CAD programs (Solidworks and Inventor) and they're working on x64 versions. If you're really worried about it, dual boot. It's really easy to set up. Drivers aren't an issue anymore. And I'd say the biggest Pro for x64 is the amount of RAM you can use. Vista x64 + 4GB RAM = heaven.
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Im using x64 ultimate, i had one problem so far and that was with BF2 & BF2142, i was getting a memory.dll error and pretty bad lagg, i got around this by installing and running the game in compatibility mode for windows xp(sp2) i also ran the latest update in compatibility mode for windows xp(sp2)!.... all you have to do is d/load the x64 drivers ... its 10x better than the xp x64 support. oh and another thing .. AVG free edition does not work with vista x64(you would have to buy it) ... im using Avast! Home Edition(free) its just as good as if not better than AVG! i also needed newer version of nero but ive got that sorted now also & had to install adobe reader in compatibility mode for windows xp(sp2) and it works fine .... i love this version of vista and would never go back to 32bit version.

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