.. . . and I changed my mind again, while trying to install Vista. I went
ahead and got the 64 bit version. And I'm happy I did! The compatibility
issue I thought I'd have with my UPS never appeared, as it turns out the
software for my UPS is just a regular program to communicate with the UPS and
not a real driver.
From what I can tell, the only software I need to worry about not working
are drivers and other software that works at a low level. All of the other
stuff like games, email, word processing, image editing, etc seems to work
In fact, thanks in large part to ensuring all of my hardware had 64 bit
drivers before performing the upgrade, I've had no issues at all with
compatibility other than what already didn't work in 32 bit Vista. Once you
get all the drivers installed, it works like a dream
. I've yet to
encounter ordinary 32 bit software that doesn't work.
"32bit programs top out at 2gb, and very few ever get even close to that
Perhaps, but I rarely run only one program at a time . . . all of those
megabytes and the occasional gigabyte add up pretty quickly.
In any case, as usual the real problem is Vista's poor updating. I hoped it
would have improved, but alas it did not, and I was left doing a clean
install. Neither the 64 nor the 32 bit version wanted to upgrade my existing
Also, what's up with Vista's backup and restore system? It refuses to
recognize my backup and let me restore the files, leaving me to manually
unzip them! Talk about a royal pain to get my data back