Re: 32 Bit vs. 64 Bit Vista
Mandi <Mandi@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> So if I were to switch to the 64 bit version, chances are that my
> printer and scanner wouldn't work with my computer anymore (they
> are both quite a bit older than the new laptop)?
Correct. You'd need to visit the website(s) of the manufacturer(s) and
see if they offer a download of Vista 64 drivers. If so, fine, if not,
you'll have to think about upgrading the hardware along with the
software. Sometimes, it's only a matter of time, I've had good luck
getting drivers for my hardware but I noticed one thing, the older
devices get the new drivers LAST! As you might expect, there's more
demand for drivers for the newer devices and older printers, scanners,
etc. are done on a "When we get around to it" basis.
Other old stuff is so well established that drivers are built in, my
ancient HP LaserJet 6L has built in drivers in Vista from the first
If you list specific hardware someone here will probably be able to
tell you if there are drivers available.
> Thanks for the input. I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to
> computers, but I did notice this the other day so I was wondering
> how much it would actually affect the performance (which I have no
> complaints about anyhow).
Performance is relative. Years back I had an computer with an Intel
25DX chip and Windows 3.0, today I have an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ and BOTH
computers would type this message at 30 wpm, I didn't gain a bit of
speed by upgrading. <G>
So if you're running some very intense software applications speed is
very important but for many (or maybe I should say MOST) of us it
doesn't matter very much.