Why on earth did you buy an OS that you weren't intending to install yet? Never buy something like that unless you're going to use it, it's not like you're going to come back a month later and find that Vista suddenly costs twice as much.
I got a deal on it - it was only $60 because the guy who had it got two versions (32 and 64 bit) with his new computer at work. He was keeping the 64 and didn't need the 32 so he sold it nice and cheap. I figured "Hey, when I buy some newer DX10 games and a 10k rpm HD (Which I have now) I'll put this on". I can't really lose, I can easily sell it for probably $100 or so and make money out of it - I just wasn't sure if 32 bit or 64 bit was the version I wanted.
Use 64bit, I've been using it for sometime now, and I kid you not, I've had MORE compatability issues with 32bit Vista, Including Wireless and GPU drivers, two of the most very basic things, have higher compatability issues in 32bit. In addition, 64bit is slightly (Very slighty) faster at processing heavy CPU loads, It supports a shit load more Ram (Upto 16 ExaBytes!), Boots up quicker then 32bit, and quite frankly, 32bit doesn't exist anymore... There have been rumors (I stress rumors) that Windows 7 won't even be released in 32bit. 32bit is extreamly old now, and 64bit is also very old, but sadly its been slow to attract attention until just recently.
One other thing about Vista, if I buy a disc from someone who installed it on their PC once can I still install it on mine if they have uninstalled it?
I didn't make it!
will upgrading from xp 32 to vista 64 make big difference for me ? i want to make pc go better so i can play callofduty the new one when it comes out and maybe farcry 2, will make a difference in game.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
Shintsu;4619501One other thing about Vista, if I buy a disc from someone who installed it on their PC once can I still install it on mine if they have uninstalled it?[/quote] Yes. You can install vista on several machines at once with the same key.
[quote=lisa_qld;4619519]will upgrading from xp 32 to vista 64 make big difference for me ? i want to make pc go better so i can play callofduty the new one when it comes out and maybe farcry 2, will make a difference in game.
That depends on the game. If it is a 64 bit game you would see a massive difference. HL2 has a 64 bit version and that runs so smooth compared to the 32 bit version. Note-- just because a game / software says it will run on vista 64 does not mean it is 64 bit software.
Okay, will it let me install it if he already has it installed on one machine? The guy has 64-bit home premium and wanted to trade for my 32-bit home premium. He installed 64-bit and it doesn't work with his work programs. So I assume he'll give me his copy and CD key and then delete it off there and put my copy on. I thought someone said installing Vista binds it to the motherboard it was installed on and allows a few (three I think) reinstalls with the same mobo but any more require verification through Microsoft. Does any of that factor here?
goody10;4619754Yes. You can install vista on several machines at once with the same key.
Not with all versions, if it's an OEM you'll have issues.
Shintsu;4606284 Also, really mature whoever gave me negative rep and was too scared to leave their name. Children...:vikki:[/QUOTE]
You must have upset an XP'er
[QUOTE=Sgt. D. Pilla;4606284] 32bit is extreamly old now, and 64bit is also very old, but sadly its been slow to attract attention until just recently.
I agree 32bit will disappear all together soon. I did hear rumor the Windows LiveOne doesn't work on 64bit