Change from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows OS?

July 26, 2009 at 14:20:53
Specs: Windows XP

I am in the market to buy a copy of Windows Vista because Microsoft is offering their free "Windows 7 Upgrade Program" to Vista buyers for the next while.

I currently run Windows XP Professional 32-bit.
I'd like to know (from people with experience, preferably) whether I should buy 32-bit or 64-bit version of Vista Home Premium.

I'd like to go for 64-bit since it is much faster, but I don't want to be in a nightmare of incompatible drivers, printers, hardware devices... etc.

Thanks so much for any answers!

(PS: I quite sure my system supports 64-bit OS)
I'm running:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86Ghz)
on a MSI P6N SLI motherboard

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July 26, 2009 at 14:26:52
Without knowing which printers, other hardware, etc. it is impossible to state which would be better. That said, the only advantage of 64 bit versions is support for much more RAM.

If you have programs optimized for 32 bit they are not going to run any faster.

Keep in mind the free upgrade deals offer you an upgrade to the equivilent Windows 7 product. So, getting Vista home will get you Window 7 home.

Look at a comparision chart to determine what features you will need in 7 and go from there.

Here is a link for possible better deals than you may have seen.

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July 26, 2009 at 18:27:56
The E6300 is a 64-Bit CPU, just like any processor under the Core 2 branding. So you are good as far as that is concerned. I'd also say with about 99% certainty that your current hardware & peripherals should be compatible as well & I don't anticipate any x64 driver issues.

Go for it.

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