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keizer_or
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Vista 32 versus 64

I am in the market for a new laptop and I am starting to see many coming loaded with Vista Home Premium 64. My question is, should I get one with 64 loaded? Is it better to stay with 32? Will most programs run on 64? Thank you.

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I installed XP x64 yesterday

I installed XP x64 yesterday and found that almost all new software runs flawlessly.
With programs that are not being developed for several years, crashes are common though.

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Probably.

Getting Vista 64-bit is a good idea. Vista likes 4GB of RAM if possible, and you can only get that with 64-bit. (Now some people will tell me that you can get 4GB in 32-bit, but you only actually get 3.25GB. The rest is for indexing VRAM.) The future is 64-bit, and with Vista 64-bit now over a year and a half in the market, it's a solid product. Almost all of your 32-bit software will run (unless it's really old). Also, there are more security features in Vista 64-bit, which I won't get into, but they're really good. Wink

The biggest difference between 32 and 64 bit is that 64-bit can index 128GB of RAM, whereas 32-bit can only index 4GB (well, in a way 3.25GB, explained above).

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Not really 3.25, exact number

Not really 3.25, exact number depends on a computer.
Read this if you want to know more.

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Thanks

This is all good news. I will look for a Vista 64 machine. Thank you.

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even thogh it is a little late...

64 bit all the way, especially with vista

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