What exactly is the difference between Vista 64 bit and 32 bit other than graphics depth? 9 replies

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#1 11 years ago

I am getting a new computer this week. A smoking new gaming system and it comes with Vista 64. However my Phillips Ambx audio/lighting system is not compatible with Vista 64. What does it matter if I run Vista 32? Is there something spectacular that I am missing in Vista 64? Is it worth all the drama I have read about to deal with 64 since hardly anything is compatible?

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#2 11 years ago

Almost everything works in 64-bit, and yes its worth it. Only a few things dont work like random webcams, printers, and oldass hardware.




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#3 11 years ago

64bit vs 32bit computing doesn't really have anything to do with graphics depth...

32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions


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#4 11 years ago

It's mostly about the way it handles memory, and some driver security patches.

But everything should work.




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#5 11 years ago

That ambx thing is the weirdest thing I've ever seen.




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#6 11 years ago

A "new" gaming system (hell, any new computer, gaming or not) should come with Windows 7, not Vista.

And yeah, 64-bit is compatible with just about everything. And it has nothing to do with graphics depth, not sure where you got that idea.




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#7 11 years ago

Zamamee;5220043A "new" gaming system (hell, any new computer, gaming or not) should come with Windows 7, not Vista.

And yeah, 64-bit is compatible with just about everything. And it has nothing to do with graphics depth, not sure where you got that idea.

He's thinking of the difference between 16bit and 32bit color's in terms of screen settings and displays


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#8 11 years ago

The main difference is that 64-bit can use more than 4GB of RAM, while 32-bit will only give you around 3.25GB. A 32-bit OS can see all 4GB, but the way its memory handling works means you don't actually get to use all of it.




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#9 11 years ago

thank all for your help thank The.Doctor




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#10 11 years ago
*The.Doctor;5220797The main difference is that 64-bit can use more than 4GB of RAM, while 32-bit will only give you around 3.25GB. A 32-bit OS can see all 4GB, but the way its memory handling works means you don't actually get to use all of it.

Seconded. Some shops even sell 32 bit OS' with 4 gig of RAM.