Installing & Using Windows Vista 64-bit painlessly

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    <P nd="18">If your computer is fairly new (within the last year or so), there is a good chance that you may have a 64-bit processor. For instance, the AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron processors are 64-bit, as well as Intel's older Pentium 4 with EM64T and Pentium D processors, and of course we can't forget the Core 2 line-up. <P nd="19">You might be wondering, "What are the advantages of using 64-bit Windows?"<UL><LI nd="20">Greater stability - Windows Vista 64-bit requires that all device drivers be signed. <LI nd="21">Access to more than 3.25 GB of RAM - if your computer has 4 GB of memory, you will be able to use all of it instead of being limited by the 32-bit memory addressing system. <LI nd="22">Performance - running a 64-bit operating system on a 64-bit processor offers better performance than a 32-bit operating system could provide. <LI nd="23">Backwards compatibility - most 32-bit applications work without an issue on 64-bit Windows, with the exception of Anti-Virus programs and some other system utilities that rely on drivers.</LI>[/list]<P nd="24">In this guide I will be outlining the basic steps you will need to take to get a fully functional Windows Vista 64-bit installation up and running that serves your needs.<P nd="25">DISCLAIMER: I (Kristan Kenney) cannot be held responsible if something doesn't work. I have tested these instructions and any included applications to the best of my ability and have noted their behaviour under Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit.

    Step One - Make sure you have the latest BIOS<P nd="26">This is a very important step. Several computer manufacturers have released Flash BIOS updates for their computer systems that allow correct operation with Windows Vista. Please visit your computer manufacturers' website to check for a BIOS update that pertains to your computer model. If your computer is custom built, visit your motherboard manufacturer's website and check for a BIOS update.<P nd="27">Popular Computer Manufacturers:<UL><LI nd="28">Dell: http://support.dell.com/ <LI nd="29">Hewlett-Packard (HP): http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html <LI nd="30">Compaq: http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/ <LI nd="31">IBM / Lenovo: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?sitestyle=lenovo&amp;lndocid=HOME-LENOVO <LI nd="32">Acer: http://global.acer.com/support/index.htm</LI>[/list]<P nd="33">Popular Motherboard Manufacturers:<UL><LI nd="34">ASUS: http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us <LI nd="35">Gigabyte: <A hr
     
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