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    Question 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Now Ive been offered XP Pro 64bit, but I'm not sure what the deal is here...

    Is 64bit any better than 32bit, and in what ways (multitasking etc)?

    What about gaming performance?

    Anybody had any experience with any 64bit Windows OS's???
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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Have a read of THIS article.

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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Stay away from XP 64bit. It was more fail then Vista. It was supported much less and never really got off the ground to start with.

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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Thanks for the warnings dudes... =p
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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Yeah even the x64 Vista isnt all that great.. the x64 XP was horrible! Stick with 32-bit for now and review again in a year or so, unless you're going to be using Linux

    Besides, isnt your CPU a 32-bit CPU?
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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Yea.
    I was never quite sure about the 64bit OS's...
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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    I've installed XP64 on several new PC's ( because the buyers didnt want vista ) had no major issues with it.
    These days most of the mainstream hardware manufactures have drivers for 64bit xp.
    Its the only way you can take advantage of Quad-Core CPU's and +4gb of RAM as the 32bit os will only see 2 cores (cpu's) and 3gb of RAM.

    But if your not building a high-spec machine theres probably no advantage.

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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    Quote Originally Posted by racepics View Post
    I've installed XP64 on several new PC's ( because the buyers didnt want vista ) had no major issues with it.
    These days most of the mainstream hardware manufactures have drivers for 64bit xp.
    Its the only way you can take advantage of Quad-Core CPU's and +4gb of RAM as the 32bit os will only see 2 cores (cpu's) and 3gb of RAM.

    But if your not building a high-spec machine theres probably no advantage.
    That is incorrect, 32bit XP also has access to 4 cores.

    Vista 64 is a very stable platform, I will be using it myself with my next system, mainly due to <4GB RAM facility.
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    Default Re: 32bit vs 64bit OS

    The main advantages of a 64-bit system can only be experienced on a high-performance PC/server (multi-core, tons of RAM). It is highly stable but this comes at a price of vendor support for 64-bit drivers (drivers being a main cause of unstable systems in the 32-bit world of computing, aside from viruses, etc).

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