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Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?  
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

I was wondering now that I got my ridiculously overpowered computer if I should upgrade my os (Vista Ultimate 32bit) to the 64 bit edition to take full advantage of my Core i7. I have heard of a few driver issues and what not, not to mention it has to be a clean install. As far as I could tell there should be no driver issues with my hardware. Also, I can get the 64bit edition for dirt cheap ($70).

Anyways, is it worth it fellow computer geeks? Or should I just wait for windows 7?  eyebrow 

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User currently offlineRedFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4316 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

Unless the software you run on it is also designed for 64bit processing, I don't believe you'll reap any of the benefits of it. But maybe someone on here who is a die-hard Geek will know better.


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3004 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
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nay... wait for windows 7 in the fall... Vista is already obsolete.


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User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 798 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

I agree with NorthStar. Personally, I wouldn't see much point if I was planning on purchasing Windows 7 when it's released.

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[Edited 2009-06-11 17:48:33]

User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3359 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1914 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
I was wondering now that I got my ridiculously overpowered computer if I should upgrade my os (Vista Ultimate 32bit) to the 64 bit edition to take full advantage of my Core i7

You probably should due to the RAM allowances and other features. Also Ultimate was the only version that actually came with both the 32-Bit and the 64-Bit versions in the retail package, so you may have the disk or can get it from Microsoft assuming you have a legit copy  Wink. My guess is that you have an OEM license which could be an issue but it is legal.

I run the 32-bit Home Premium and can order the 64-bit disk from Microsoft with my existing license for $13. If you have your product key try using it on this site to see if they will let you order one. $70 is a lot if you have a legit copy already.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/ordermedia/default.mspx

Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
I have heard of a few driver issues and what not, not to mention it has to be a clean install.

I have a 4 year old system and I think mine would be fine, the biggest issue is that in the 64-bit version unsigned drivers cannot be installed and in the 32-bit version they can be but you get the warning message. You are correct it has to be a clean install but if you have the space you can run the 64 bit disk in your existing windows and it will do the clean install and retain your old setup in a folder called Windows.old if you don't want to wipe your system clean.

You will have to reinstall stuff but you will have all your personal stuff retained.



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User currently offlineN328KF From United States of America, joined May 2004, 6484 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

I've got Windows 7 running on a test system, and it seems much nicer. I haven't tried out Win7's XP Mode, but it promises to give much better compatibility to older apps than does WinVista (if you know what XP Mode is, you'll know why this is the case.)

Full disclosure: I'm a Unix/Mac OS X guy.



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1892 times:



Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 4):

You probably should due to the RAM allowances and other features. Also Ultimate was the only version that actually came with both the 32-Bit and the 64-Bit versions in the retail package, so you may have the disk or can get it from Microsoft assuming you have a legit copy Wink.

It's legit, but it's a volume-license version I got from my school for free and of course they only have the 32bit edition.  banghead 

I guess I'll just wait for windows 7.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 4):


I run the 32-bit Home Premium and can order the 64-bit disk from Microsoft with my existing license for $13. If you have your product key try using it on this site to see if they will let you order one. $70 is a lot if you have a legit copy already.

I know about that. Problem is there is (stupidly, leave it to MS to screw things up yet again  banghead  ) no upgrade path from vista ultimate 32 bit to ultimate 64bit. You have to have a crummier version of vista to do it the MS way. There are ways around it to "trick" the installer but it's a huge hassle (need to install windows twice, among other things MS wouldn't quite approve of...  shhh   Wink ).


User currently offlineIflykpdx From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Wait for Windows 7. I'm planning on going from Vista Ultimate 32 to 7 Ultimate 64 on my desktop (yay for student discounts). Paying for Vista now is throwing money down the toilet.


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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3359 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1842 times:

FLY2HMO

I don't know if you tried what I posted earlier but I think you could order it or simply download the 64-bit version of Vista as all the copies are the same and your key dictates which version is installed.

I don't think a 32 to 64 bit change can be upgraded at all but the trick you speak of which is to install the trial version and clean install the upgrade after the fact only takes about 20-30 minutes.



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User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1776 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

If you need your applications to grab up to 2^64 bytes of memory space and if said applications are ready to do so (which could not be the case in poorly designed ones), then you could arguably go for it. Say CAD, image processing, etc. professional applications.

I'm not a gamer, so I don't know if the switch could potentially help reaping benefits from 64 bit hardware/drivers.

An operating system change is never a small thing. It would seem that a migration went painlessly, but you won't know if your favourite app or features will behave the same way they did before until you actually need to use them.

I'd expect at least some small details going wrong. Which is not a big deal if you have the time and patience to go through them. I know I have less and less patience for these things as I grow older.  old 


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1802 times:



Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 8):


I don't know if you tried what I posted earlier but I think you could order it or simply download the 64-bit version of Vista as all the copies are the same and your key dictates which version is installed.

I did and requested the 64bit edition but the retards sent me the 32bit version  banghead 


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1778 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
Yay Or Nay

Nay. Wait until Windows 7 is out.


User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

Nay. HUGE driver issues most if not all XP devices are compatibly with 32 but 90% are NOT with 64


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