Vista: 32 bit or 64 bit? 18 replies

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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

Hey guys, I've got a chance to get a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit nice and cheap ($125). I already bought a copy of Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit but I've been wondering since I bought it which is better. I play quite a bit of games and whatnot and I want to know - for gaming is 64 bit or 32 bit better? I know 64 bit has a lot more driver requirements (Signed drivers for each device), so which works the best with games and offers the greatest benefit? And please don't come in here and tell me to just keep Windows XP - I want to upgrade to Vista for DX10 and I can get this Vista Ultimate 64 bit cheaper than Windows XP Home 32 bit.




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#2 10 years ago

The divide in programs between being compatible in 64bit has been grealy reduced as most new programs are able to be run in Vista64. Most users will never have an issue or run into the problem that it cannot be run in a 64bit OS.

I'd say go for 64. I'm using it and wouldn't go back. Mainly because it has support for ram greater than 4gigs and I use 6 (I don't use virtual memory, at all.)


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#3 10 years ago

I've currently got Vista 32Bit which works perfectly, although I do run into some problems every couple of weeks. With 64 however, many of my mates have said themselfs its always a pain since of the compatible issues. Anyway, 64 will soon be the same as XP all you have to do is wait for the Updates.




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#4 10 years ago

I've only encountered a handful of programs that cannot run on vista and even then it's older programs made back in the early 2000's or earlier. That or they're confusing a compatibility issue with a different issue that's not the fault of the OS (Happens quite often.)


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Shintsu

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#5 10 years ago

Damn, the guy who had those copies of Vista sold them. So is memory the only benefit from 64 bit over 32? Those issues with drivers and stuff had worried me before because I know 64 requires signed drivers on everything. Doesn't the 64 bit architecture allow better performance in games or something? Also, really mature whoever gave me negative rep and was too scared to leave their name. Children...:vikki:




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#6 10 years ago

Depending on what version you've got (I believe it has to be retail not OEM or upgrade) you can get the 64-bit version for Microsoft for a small fee. It won't be Ultimate, but you're not missing much to be honest.




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#7 10 years ago

I think the 64 bit OS has a massive improvement in ripping music and movies to your computer. I know I was able to rip a CD to my hard drive in flac. in about 2 minutes with a 64-bit linux OS and a dual core processor(X2 +4800)

The only major problem I have ever had with a 64 bit OS was flash. That was more adobe's problem for not supporting flash on 64 bit linux OS's.




Shintsu

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#8 10 years ago

What I have is OEM Vista Home Premium - damn guess I can't do that then. I still see that "Anytime upgrade" thing - does that only apply to the version and not the architecture?




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#9 10 years ago

The main issue folks had in the past with 64 bit operating systems was driver availability/stability. That is really no longer a problem as far as I can tell and hasn't been for awhile.

There are the rare 32 bit programs that just don't seem to like the 64 bit OS, but not really a big deal. All my games (that I've tried) work with Vista 64 bit, the OS I'm using now.

It certainly feels snappier than Vista 32 bit as far as folder navigation, startup/shutdown and just in general.

It's 64 bit FTW as far as I'm concerned. :cool:




Shintsu

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#10 10 years ago

Darn, which means I really need to get ahold of a 64 bit version now! I'm still using XP Pro and have been holding off for this very reason - figures I got the wrong version!




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