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# 19469 18-Feb-2008 17:47
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I am currently running Vista 32 bit, but recently I found that my laptop is 64 bit capable too. Currently with 2 GB of RAM, its really good with performance and I am really happy about it. Keeping those aside, if I install Vista 64 bit, will there be any performance increase or would be more or less same of what I am experiencing now? I have never used 64 bit OS :(




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  # 111423 18-Feb-2008 18:04
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Unless you have a requirement to run 64 bit, don't bother.

If you do, then welcome to driver hell, and a lack of support for so many things.

Heed my words... don't do it. Insatiable curiosity is not even a good enough reason.

You are happy with your machine now. $20 says you ditch 64bit in a month if you try it.

Ok I will stop now.

Don't do it.

Oops.

Really. Stopped now.







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  # 111424 18-Feb-2008 18:06
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From what i can tell.. Only looked into this alittle..

64bit will be mostly the same speed..

You will beable to go passed the 3.5GB ram mark... but still might be limited by your laptop m/b.
Not that a laptop really needs more then 3GB anyways.

It seems there is alot more driver support now for 64bit..

I would just stay with 32bit for now.. unless you have a CAD app that will take advanage of 64bit CPU+OS.

 
 
 
 




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# 111426 18-Feb-2008 18:08
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hmm...Interesting views...I know Mauricio is running 64 bit for a long time now Tongue out




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  # 111427 18-Feb-2008 18:11
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I am running 64bit business, only because I do not want to use Home premium.
No problems here what so ever!

Still no problems at all.....

/me wonders if he should stop.

Still no probl... ok one problem I can not run winmtr but that is a Vista problem not just 64bit.


So try it and see how you get on Laughing



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  # 111429 18-Feb-2008 18:13
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One more doubt - I normally use my laptop for Development...So, now If I develop some applications, will they be able to run in 32 bit? Or should I take care of any special things like, I have to build separately against 32 bit for 32 bit apps?




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# 111432 18-Feb-2008 18:35
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AmooMan: Not that a laptop really needs more then 3GB anyways.


It depends what are you using it for. I have 2 GB on my laptop and 3 GB or 4 GB wouldn't be bad. The model I have here is a desktop replacement, big CPU, large HDD, VGA, HDMI, SVIDEO outputs and more. So on this beast more is better.

In theory you should see some performance improvement - if everything running on it is 64 bit. Since you won't be able to run 100% 64 bit software...




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  # 111442 18-Feb-2008 19:27
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Compatiblity issues may turn you back to 32-bit. I had installed 64-bit and 32-bit Ultimate... don't really see much improvement, other than driver-hell with 64-bit.

Currently there's not a lot of 64-bit programs, not even development software AFAIK... Save yourself the trouble and stay with 32-bit. Give it another year or so then 64-bit will truly be matured.

Having said that... I'll take 64-bit server ANYTIME...




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  # 111519 19-Feb-2008 08:30
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I haven't used Vista 64-bit, but for comparison I tested some serious number-crunching software on XP 64-bit compared with XP 32-bit (on the same hardware).  Turned out that the 64-bit version was actually a few percent slower, even though we were using a 64-bit version of the number-crunching software.

The advantage was that the 64-bit version allowed more RAM to be used, which enabled us to work with larger problems.



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# 111536 19-Feb-2008 09:36
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Think I will stick with 32 bit Laughing...Thanks for the replies friends Smile




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