If you plan to keep this next computer for 10 years, go with 64-bit from the
My guess is that 32-bit will be as "old-fashioned" in 5 years (or less) as
Win98 is now. (Yes, I know some people still use Win9x and even WinME, and
some will still be using 32-bit 5 years from now. And I still have a 1957
Thunderbird. But it's not what I would recommend that most people buy
Sooner or later - and sooner is getting closer FAST - you will need to climb
the 64-bit hill, including the learning curve. If you do it now, it will
soon be behind you. If you wait, it will always be looming up ahead. And
it won't be much easier, if any, 5 years from now. There are almost no
64-bit applications available, but finding drivers has not been a problem
for me in over a year, and every 32-bit app I have runs as well as or better
than it did in WinXP.
I've been running Vista Ultimate x64 since it went RTM. I like it. I don't
rely on what "I've heard". I base my opinion on my own experience with it.
Yes, Vista x64 DOES need modern hardware. But you'll have trouble finding a
32-bit CPU these days, or a 20 GB HD, or a computer without USB, etc. Buy a
decent desktop now with Vista x64 and you'll be able to run it for the
foreseeable future. Until Windows 7, at least. ;^}
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
"mim" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I'm going to buy a new computer as my 10 year old one has finally had it.
> It seems just about everything now come with Windows Vista (32 bit or 64
> bit). My question is what's better for me and which one is giving people
> more trouble. Some models even give you the option of going with XP. I
> don't know what to do. Would appreciate it if someone would explain how
> difference between 32 and 64 could affect me. I believe I heard or read
> something about compatibility problems with with either 32 or 64 (or
> Anything you can tell me would help. I don't trust the sales people and
> manufacturers. They primarily only want to sell you something.
> PS - It's somewhat strange, IMHO, that Consumer Reports, that just rated
> computers, made no mention as to whether we should buy 32 or 64. Seems
> side stepped this subject.