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Topic # 96108 20-Jan-2012 12:39

Dear GZers,
I am looking at replacing some work computers.

How much of a hole can I get myself into by purchasing a desktop running 64 bit win7 pro.

I know that 'most' 32bit applications are 'supposed' to run ok.

Is that your experience?

Horror stories? Advice?




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  Reply # 571208 20-Jan-2012 13:13 Send private message

No hole for me. I use 64-bit Windows 7 with 4GB RAM and would not go back to 32-bit even though 32-bit applications are run in emulation and so more slowly. If you have 3GB or more of RAM then you should get a better experience with 64-bit, if more than 4GB then definitely 64-bit.

One of the major pitfalls no longer exists as there are now stable 64-bit browsers, plug-ins (e.g. Java, Flash) and extensions.

Here's a good site that I rely on. It has articles that should help you:
32-bit and 64-bit explained answers a number of questions re Windows
64-bit Windows software has a reasonable list of software
How Windows 64-bit supports 32-bit applications




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  Reply # 571210 20-Jan-2012 13:15 Send private message

Software is usually not a problem unless it is old and just doesn't like any WIndows 7 full stop.
You could then use XP Mode to run it.
THe problem is usually drivers for hardware peripherals like older printers / copiers / scanners.




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  Reply # 571218 20-Jan-2012 13:27 Send private message

Dont think Ive hit anything that hasnt run on my 2 64bit based W7 work machines......




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  Reply # 571226 20-Jan-2012 13:40 Send private message

no problems here with win7 x64 and everything 32bit. been running this way for 3(?) years

TIP: dont install 64bit Office Suite (unless you need excel spreadsheets with 2m+ rows). The 32bit version is what is deployed in >90% of cases and is the best option. Most office add-ons haven not been developed for 64bit office.




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  Reply # 571233 20-Jan-2012 13:48 Send private message

I have had a few programs designed for windows 2000/xp that run in 7 32 bit but caused errors in 64 bit.

Never really been a problem for any program updated in the last 5/6 years though.




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  Reply # 571249 20-Jan-2012 14:31

Thanks for the advice folks - sounds like I shouldnt have too many issues.
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  Reply # 571256 20-Jan-2012 14:39 Send private message

+1 for keeping MS Office 32bit though

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  Reply # 571265 20-Jan-2012 14:54 Send private message

As per others been running 64bit for some years now without any problems.

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