Vista 32-bit or Vista 64-bit? Help lol 39 replies

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#1 11 years ago

Having posted a topic before and being received warmly, I thought I would ask another probably stupid question. I am receiving my new laptop soon so I am planning ahead and finding everything I need. Been looking at nvidia graphics drivers for the Geforce 8 series and come stuck! How will i know whether the Vista version is 32 or 64 bit? I think the Vista i am getting is the business version. Any help, as always, will be gratefully appreciated, Regards Adrian :moon:




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#2 11 years ago

Ya i need to know 64 or 32 bit lol.




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#3 11 years ago

I am running Vista Ultimate 64 bit and I have no complaints with it.

Two of my co-workers tried 64 it and have since gone back to 32 bit. They feel 32 bit runs smoother and is faster. I cant tell a difference between how their PC's run and mine runs.

They both have 5600X2's and 2GB RAM and I have a 4400X2 overclocked and 2GB of RAM.

Their PC's are rated higher by Vista than mine is.




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#4 11 years ago

yea but how can i find out whether it is 32 bit or 64 bit? Where in Vista will it tell me? cheers




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#5 11 years ago

This is purely conjecture, as I use XP, but if you go to Control Panel > System Information, would it tell you somewhere? Or else go to Start > Run > dxdiag and see if it's listed there Again, this is purely theory. I have no clue whether Vista even has a dxdiag (although it probably does).




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#6 11 years ago

It does. It's an application that the directx developers include, not the windows development team.


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#7 11 years ago

Sorry I dont have my Vista PC running ATM, its waiting on a RMA video card :/

I know it says in Control panel, I just dont remember where ATM.




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#8 11 years ago

Chances are it's gonna be 32 bit Vista. I doubt they'd put in 64 bit Vista unless you requested it considering it's still not really mainstream.

Either way, do as suggested in the posts above when you get your laptop to be sure.

Anlushac11;3831872...Two of my co-workers tried 64 it and have since gone back to 32 bit. They feel 32 bit runs smoother and is faster.

That's odd. I thought one of the draws to a 64 bit OS was how much faster it was. Perhaps it's due to poor driver support since most people are still using 32 bit OS's.

I'm debating on which version of Vista to get myself, and I'm leaning towards 32 bit as I fear poor driver support and possible compatibility problems with 64 bit. Kind of a bummer since I'd really like to try it. Have you done much gaming on 64 bit Vista, and if so, how was it?

btw - I got a chuckle when I saw your rig, nearly identical to mine (OC'd 4400+, 2GB of ram), is out of service awaiting an RMA'd videocard, just like mine is. Thank god my 7950GT should be here tomorrow, I'm living with the backup-backup pc, a 933mhz P3 with a whopping 384mb of SDram. :naughty:




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#9 11 years ago
Oblivious;3832886That's odd. I thought one of the draws to a 64 bit OS was how much faster it was. Perhaps it's due to poor driver support since most people are still using 32 bit OS's.

Bingo. That, coupled with the fact that many programs are still broken in 64-bit environments, despite the supposed existence of wrappers for 32-bit apps.




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#10 11 years ago

To find out if your computer is 64 bit, click the windows logo or "start" button in the bottom left hand side of the screen. Right click "Computer", which will be on the right side of the menu. From the list, select "Properties". There it will show you your system information. The first section is Windows information, which includes the version of Vista you have. It does not tell you if you have 64 bit here however. The next section is System information, where it should tell you your rating for the Windows Experience Index, your processor, your RAM and your system type. Under system type, it should say either 32-bit Operating System, or 64-bit Operating System. 1_example.jpg