32-bit or 64-bit Vista?


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Guest

My parents are looking to get a new computer, and Dell offers the
Intel Q6600 CPU. Since it is a 64-bit CPU, does that mean it will run
the 64-bit version of Vista better than it will run the 32-bit version
of Vista?

Just wondering which version of Vista my parents should get. They
have some 32-bit apps that they will probably want to run on the new
computer they are getting, and I know I will also need to pull out the
wireless adapter from their old computer and install it in the new
computer. That wireless adapter is fairly old, and is using 32-bit
software/drivers.

Also, my parents have used their current Windows 98 PC for 8 years, so
they will probably use the new computer for 8 years before replacing
it. If they get the 32-bit version of Vista, will 32-bit software
continue to be available in 8 years? Or will everything be 64-bit-
only in the next few years?
 
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Augustus

My parents are looking to get a new computer, and Dell offers the
Intel Q6600 CPU. Since it is a 64-bit CPU, does that mean it will run
the 64-bit version of Vista better than it will run the 32-bit version
of Vista?

Just wondering which version of Vista my parents should get. They
have some 32-bit apps that they will probably want to run on the new
computer they are getting, and I know I will also need to pull out the
wireless adapter from their old computer and install it in the new
computer. That wireless adapter is fairly old, and is using 32-bit
software/drivers.

Also, my parents have used their current Windows 98 PC for 8 years, so
they will probably use the new computer for 8 years before replacing
it. If they get the 32-bit version of Vista, will 32-bit software
continue to be available in 8 years? Or will everything be 64-bit-
only in the next few years?

Do them and yourself a favor. Stick with Vista32. x64 versions of Vista and
XP require a great deal more user sophistication. There's lots more detail I
could go in to, but it's not an OS for the non-savvy productivity and
browsing user.
 
R

ray

My parents are looking to get a new computer, and Dell offers the Intel
Q6600 CPU. Since it is a 64-bit CPU, does that mean it will run the
64-bit version of Vista better than it will run the 32-bit version of
Vista?

Just wondering which version of Vista my parents should get. They have
some 32-bit apps that they will probably want to run on the new computer
they are getting, and I know I will also need to pull out the wireless
adapter from their old computer and install it in the new computer.
That wireless adapter is fairly old, and is using 32-bit
software/drivers.

Also, my parents have used their current Windows 98 PC for 8 years, so
they will probably use the new computer for 8 years before replacing it.
If they get the 32-bit version of Vista, will 32-bit software continue
to be available in 8 years? Or will everything be 64-bit- only in the
next few years?

I'd suggest you revisit the decision to get vista. Lots of folks are
having issues. It might be better for them to go with an xp system.
 
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Richard Urban

And a much larger proportion of folks are NOT having any issues with Vista.

In fact - if all of you Vista bashers would go away there would be damn few
actual questions asked here, and the people would actually be able to get
quality assistance!
 
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Earle Horton

Consider getting a new wireless adapter or ideally a computer with wireless
already installed. I am sure that your Dell dealer would be glad to help
out there. The Dell I got at WalMart already had a wireless adapter in it.

I don't think that 64-bits is really ready for prime time yet, although if
you are running an enterprise server maybe you need it.

Earle
 
C

C.B.

ray said:
I'd suggest you revisit the decision to get vista. Lots of folks are
having issues. It might be better for them to go with an xp system.


Your suggestion is an indication that you don't have a clue about
Vista.

C.B.
 
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kingofnexus

64bit Vista is perfectly fine to use. The problem comes when setting it up on older hardware. You can get some old hardware to work in x64, normally it just requires a fair amount of computing knowledge to set up. New hardware + Vista 64 = Futureproof and as easy to set up and use as 32bit.


Post Originated from http://www.VistaForums.com Vista Support Forums
 
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Augustus

Bob Campbell said:
What a load of crap.

Why don't you send him your phone number so his parents can call you
regarding any issues regarding their Windows 98 to Vista64 upgrade? The fact
that they're still using Win98 should tell you a great deal as to their
level of expertise.
 
K

kurttrail

Richard said:
And a much larger proportion of folks are NOT having any issues with
Vista.

Really? Can you cite some source that can back up that assertion,
Richard?
In fact - if all of you Vista bashers would go away there would be damn
few actual questions asked here, and the people would actually be able
to get quality assistance!

LOL! Yeah, it's just the Vista-bashers that get in the way! It's not
like there are any real problems that turned people into Vista-bashers in
the first place.

Get real, Richard! Vista ain't worth the aggravation of upgrading to it,
and even installed on a new computer, doesn't give the end user any real
benefit over XP that is tangible to the end user.

--
Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
 
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Canuck57

My parents are looking to get a new computer, and Dell offers the Intel
Q6600 CPU. Since it is a 64-bit CPU, does that mean it will run the
64-bit version of Vista better than it will run the 32-bit version of
Vista?

Just wondering which version of Vista my parents should get. They have
some 32-bit apps that they will probably want to run on the new computer
they are getting, and I know I will also need to pull out the wireless
adapter from their old computer and install it in the new computer.
That wireless adapter is fairly old, and is using 32-bit
software/drivers.

Also, my parents have used their current Windows 98 PC for 8 years, so
they will probably use the new computer for 8 years before replacing it.
If they get the 32-bit version of Vista, will 32-bit software continue
to be available in 8 years? Or will everything be 64-bit- only in the
next few years?

IF I had a choice on a retail home PC, XP. You are much more likely to
get drivers for older equipment. While you might have to putz with XP a
bit, XP will be less issues.

Depending what they do, Q6600 also may be more than what they need, but
if running Vista, every bit helps. My XP AMD X2 blows away my Vista
Q6600 in performance. And the menus in XP are closer to W98 than Vista.
Much if the Vista re-arrangement is annoyance and not of any real value.
 
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Richard Urban

I have had zero issues with Vista and this is on a 4-5 year old M/B (Asus
A7N8X 2.0 Deluxe)

What are your problems and what hardware are you running on?
 
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Canuck57

If Dell has 64 bit drivers for everything the system includes, then of
course get 64 bit Vista. Yes, everything will be 64 bit (and still
have 32 bit) in a few years. Your existing 32 bit apps will run fine.

But if they have older equipment or software, be prepared to buy some
more. Backwards compatibility with Vista is near zero with drivers, abet
better with some applications.
 
J

John

Or will everything be 64-bit-only in the next few years?

We con hope however Microsoft seems to think it can write yet another
bit OS that won't completely cache out the GB bit limit on RAM.

As to your parents. stick with 32bit. The 64bit OS'es are for those
that actually know why they need it in the first place.

JD

P.S. And yes, I'm running XP x64.
 
K

kurttrail

Richard said:
I have had zero issues with Vista and this is on a 4-5 year old M/B
(Asus A7N8X 2.0 Deluxe)

What are your problems and what hardware are you running on?

File management blows donkeys, and it enjoys blowing donkeys way too
much, as it likes to take its time blowing donkeys, while I am trying to
manage my files, both locally and via my network. Runs just fine in XP
or Linux.

All my hardware is less than a year since they've first been released,
running MS-approved drivers.

Please help me stop Vista from blowing donkeys while I'm just trying to
manage my files, Richard! ;)

And while your at it, help me to be able to drag-to-select my files
consistently in Explorer while in Detail view, like I can in XP and could
do in 9x before XP! And while you are helping me to do the impossible,
help me to get Nautilus to do drag-to-select in List view without using
the keyboard too!

--
Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
 
F

Frank

Canuck57 said:
But if they have older equipment or software, be prepared to buy some
more. Backwards compatibility with Vista is near zero with drivers, abet
better with some applications.

All lies! Try something else. You're not any good at lying.
Frank
 
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Frank

Canuck57 said:
IF I had a choice on a retail home PC, XP. You are much more likely to
get drivers for older equipment. While you might have to putz with XP a
bit, XP will be less issues.

That is simply not true.
Either you don't have Vista or else you're just too incompetent to
properly install and configured Vista.
But your statement is not true.
Depending what they do, Q6600 also may be more than what they need, but
if running Vista, every bit helps. My XP AMD X2 blows away my Vista
Q6600 in performance.

I'm still waiting for you to respond to my test of XP vs Vista betting
all of your savings...if you even have any to bet...LOL!
Frank

And the menus in XP are closer to W98 than Vista.

Who cares?
Much if the Vista re-arrangement is annoyance and not of any real value.

Oh...so you're really lost and confused by Vista huh?
Figures. You're not all that bright...LOL!
Frank
 
K

kurttrail

John said:
Ever heard of the term Bozo Bin ?

If a little attempt at humor offends you, then please feel free to add me
to your killfile.

And I thought the "blowing donkeys" bit was funny as sh*t, while still
highlighting a well-known failing of Vista, not having fast and efficient
file management.

Oh well, has there ever been a joke that everybody gets and enjoys?

--
Peace!
Kurt
Former Self-anointed Moderator
microscum.pubic.windowsexp.gonorrhea
"Produkt-Aktivierung macht frei!"
 
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Richard Urban

Seeing as how I have hardly "ever" used ANY version of Windows Explorer (I
started using real file manager programs in 1992 and have done so ever
since) I have not experienced the donkey blowing you talk about.

Are you certain it is not YOU blowing the donkeys? (-;
 

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