Dumping 64-bit version for 32


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Guest

Just a few (unexpected) issues which make me think I'd be better off beta
testing the 32-bit version (although the 64 version has mostly run well)

1. I can't find a virus checker that works. Unbelievably, Microsoft's
Windows One Care won't work. The free version Microsoft recommends from CA
downloads and installs, but doesn't work completely -- it scans, but reports
itself as turned off and has no real time checking. The other "free trial"
from Trend Micro requires a registry edit (and system modification) before it
will run in 64-bit mode -- no thanks.

2. I own three printers and even the ones with 64-bit drivers available for
XP won't install on Vista, so no printing for me. Other hardware, including
my scanner, is also not going to work yet. Of course the only way to know
any of this is to try the 64 bit version and see what happens. Some 64-bit
drivers written for XP do work -- Vista said it couldn't find a driver for my
Realtec Audio 97, but when I installed the 64-bit driver from MSI website, it
worked fine.

3. In summary, it's just too hit and miss for me to be happy playing with
Vista 64 right now. If I could print, I'd probably keep it. Of course I
have no assurances my 32-bit printer drivers will work either. Anyway, Vista
32 is making its slow way down the pipeline to my computer overnight and
we'll see how that goes.

Think twice before you download the 64-bit version. I have an Athlon 64-bit
screaming machine, but it was humbled by the lack of drivers.
 
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Steve Lange

I can help with some of that.

1. Try avast! antivirus from Alwil Software. It runs on 64-bit OS's and it's
free. Currently AVG is not compatible with Vista, which is what I had
installed prior to upgrading.

2. Can't help you much here. I don't have any 64-bit drivers for my printer
or scanner either. I'm currenty running 32-bit as my 64-bit system is broke
down right now. Plan on installing Vista x64 on it but if there isn't any
support for my printer and scanner I may install 32-bit. Anyone know if
there is much of a performance difference between 32 and 64 bit versions?

3. True since my printer is attached to my other computer I can't guarantee
32-bit drivers will work either. I might attach them to this computer and
test 'em first. Most of the XP drivers I've installed so far do work. So
keep your fingers crossed.
 
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Andre Da Costa [Extended64]

1. I can't find a virus checker that works. Unbelievably, Microsoft's
Windows One Care won't work. The free version Microsoft recommends from CA
downloads and installs, but doesn't work completely -- it scans, but reports
itself as turned off and has no real time checking. The other "free trial"
from Trend Micro requires a registry edit (and system modification) before
it
will run in 64-bit mode -- no thanks.
****Well, I hope you reported it, its still in beta.

2. I own three printers and even the ones with 64-bit drivers available for
XP won't install on Vista, so no printing for me. Other hardware, including
my scanner, is also not going to work yet. Of course the only way to know
any of this is to try the 64 bit version and see what happens. Some 64-bit
drivers written for XP do work -- Vista said it couldn't find a driver for
my
Realtec Audio 97, but when I installed the 64-bit driver from MSI website,
it
worked fine.
****Well, I hope you reported it, its still in beta.

3. In summary, it's just too hit and miss for me to be happy playing with
Vista 64 right now. If I could print, I'd probably keep it. Of course I
have no assurances my 32-bit printer drivers will work either. Anyway,
Vista
32 is making its slow way down the pipeline to my computer overnight and
we'll see how that goes.
****Well, I hope you reported it, its still in beta.

Think twice before you download the 64-bit version. I have an Athlon 64-bit
screaming machine, but it was humbled by the lack of drivers.
**** True, but its beta, and we should actually be testing now since its in
development so we can report any issues with have with it so we can at least
see a fix in the near future, either from MS or the thirdparty developer.
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Colin Barnhorst

On my 64-bit box x64 performs noticeably better than x86, but your mileage
may vary. For example, I am constantly getting the pop up that suggests
that I should turn off desktop composition (glass) due to poor performance
in x86 but not in x64. x86 seems sluggish. I am running on a dual core
AMD64.
 

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