32-bit vs. 64-bit

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    muzicman82

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    Ok, to be honest, I'm pretty clueless about 64-bit Windows.



    I currently have a Pentium 4 640 (3.2 Ghz). Apparently, it can run 64-bit Windows as it supports EM64T? I do understand that since the OS is different, I need 64-bit versions of all of my drivers, correct? Now, will 64-bit Windows run 32-bit software? I contemplated installing 64-bit Windows XP months ago, but was told by several sources to stay away as it was pretty buggy. How is 64-bit Vista? Is performance much greater?



    Thoughts and advice would be great!
     
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    c0nv1ct

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    I'm currently dual booting Windows XP x64and Vista 64bit (5384). Both are running fine with my hardware. The hardest part is finding 64bit drivers. Before even attempting to install a 64bit OS, make sure 64bit drivers are available for all your hardware. I've only ran into a fewapplications that won't run onXP x64, but it is stable.nVidia has XP x64 and Vista drivers for my video card and chipset, and both worked with default Vista drivers, except the nForce RAID controller which required the nForce Vista drivers.

    I have not compared Vista 64bit to Vista 32bit yet, but as far as I know, Microsoft is focusing on 100% 64bit compatibilty and even pushing for its use. As far as performance, any application that runs in native 64bit should show a good increase in performance, and 32bit software should run just as fast as it did in a 32bit OS.

    Here's my hardware:

    AMD X2 4200+

    2gb Crucial DDR400

    250gb SATA2

    nVidia 7800GT 256mb (VIVO only works in XP x64)

    nForce 4 SLI chipset
     
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