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Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:32 am

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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:35 am

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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:40 am

nay... wait for windows 7 in the fall... Vista is already obsolete.
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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:48 am

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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:09 am



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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:28 am

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.)

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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:35 am



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 ).
 
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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:23 am

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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:56 pm

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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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:38 pm

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 
 
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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:12 pm



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 
 
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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:46 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
Yay Or Nay

Nay. Wait until Windows 7 is out.
 
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RE: Upgrading From Vista 32-bit To 64-bit, Yay Or Nay?

Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:02 am

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