Re: Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit
Thanks for your reply. And thank you, to Roedy Green and Dennis Pack as well.
I do have exactly 4GB of RAM right now, but don't see myself expanding
anytime soon since my motherboard is at its capacity.
Thanks again. I'll just stick with 32-bit for now.
> "Mark" <Mark@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > Hi Mike,
> > Thanks for your reply. Could you give me some more detail? Why is the
> > 32-bit
> > version better even if I have 64-bit hardware?
> From a practical standpoint, there is no advantage to running the 64 bit
> version unless you *need* to. Mike gave you one potential reason, that you
> need to run applications that are 64 bit only and require a 64 bit OS (very
> rare, BTW). Another possible reason is that you plan on running more than 4
> Gigabytes of memory (again, most desktop PC's have no need whatsoever for
> more than 4 Gig).
> The negatives of dealing with a 64 bit OS are primarily associated with
> driver availability. If you really do intend to send away to Microsoft for
> the 64 bit version media (the guy at Office Depot is full of it. You can't
> download the 64 bit version), you should first be sure that there are 64 bit
> Vista drivers available for your motherboard, its chipset, and for all other
> hardware devices you plan to use with the PC. You'll probably not have
> driver issues with 32 bit Vista, but you are *very* likely to have driver
> issues with 64 bit Vista.
> FWIW, there's also no performance advantage to running a 64 bit OS when
> almost all your apps are 32 bit.