64bit Version of Vista......What are some reasons why I would want to install this?

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Jeff Ingram, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Jeff Ingram

    Jeff Ingram Guest


    I'm trying to figure out why I might want to install the 64 bit version of
    Vista. What would it give me? Ok, I'd be able to access more than 4gig of
    RAM (which my motherboard doesn't support). Is it more solid and stable?
    Would it be faster than the 32bit version? And where would I get the 64bit
    version? Is it on the same DVD as my 32bit version of Vista? Could someone
    convince me why I should care about a 64bit operating system?


    Jeff Ingram, Aug 22, 2008
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  2. Why should we convince you? If you can't use more than 4 GB of RAM on your
    motherboard, don't bother. Are there advantages besides RAM? Certainly. But
    not any you're likely to notice, and there is certainly more to deal with.
    Stick with 32-bit Vista. If, and when, you buy a new machine with >4gb or at
    least the ability to have >4GB, then move to 64-bit.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Aug 22, 2008
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  3. I'm with Charlie on this. If you have a $3.000 machine that is bogged down
    by the work you do, you probably do need more memory and a 64bit OS.

    If not, forget it - keep it as it is, as long as you're happy. At least 80%
    of the information you are likely to hear is myth, miss-information and/or
    'hype'. There is no speed-factor between a 32bit and a 64bit OS - only the
    width of the data-path, and only if you need to pass on enough data will you
    see the speed-factor. The time will come when you will need a new machine,
    that'll be time enough when you can pave the way for the future.

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Aug 22, 2008
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    S.SubZero Guest

    Vista x64 only comes with retail Vista Ultimate, on a separate DVD.
    For the other versions, MS will sell an x64 disc to qualified Vista 32-
    bit owners for $10.
    S.SubZero, Aug 23, 2008
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