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November 27, 2009 4:20:54 PM

Hi, I'm currently running Windows XP 32-bit. I play games such as Counterstrike Source and TF2.

I'm looking to buy a new laptop, and the one I'm looking to get comes with Windows 7 64-bit.

Do I need to worry about these games having compatibility issues or anything like that running on a 64-bit OS?

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November 27, 2009 5:33:36 PM

square965 said:
Hi, I'm currently running Windows XP 32-bit. I play games such as Counterstrike Source and TF2.

I'm looking to buy a new laptop, and the one I'm looking to get comes with Windows 7 64-bit.

Do I need to worry about these games having compatibility issues or anything like that running on a 64-bit OS?


Short version - do you need to worry? No. :) 

Longer version - Windows 64bit can quite happily run any 32bit program (n.b. the same isn't true for drivers), so any game that runs on Windows XP will run on Windows 7 64-bit. The only exceptions are games designed to run on XP only (rather than XP or above) but you'd know as these wouldn't work on Vista either, and games that have a 16bit installer as 64bit cannot run 16bit at all. This basically means the only games that won't run on 64bit are REALLY old ones that came out pre-XP or very early XP. Best idea is to google for your favourite games as if they won't run on 64bit it will definitely show up on page 1 with lots of annoyed forum posts. The two games you've listed I haven't personally got, but I would be amazed if either has a problem.
November 27, 2009 10:10:29 PM

+1

I'm currently running Win 7 64-bit and have not encountered a single problem.
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November 28, 2009 4:56:55 PM

windows 7 64 bit and tf2 no problem
May 21, 2010 9:51:13 PM

j_chatelain said:
+1

I'm currently running Win 7 64-bit and have not encountered a single problem.


Are you running the 64-bit Home premium or the Ultimate? It says the unltimate has XP capabilities in the comparison chart of Windows 7 but the home premium does not.
June 4, 2010 3:41:12 PM

Spesan008 said:
Are you running the 64-bit Home premium or the Ultimate? It says the unltimate has XP capabilities in the comparison chart of Windows 7 but the home premium does not.


Actually, I'm running Professional, which also has the ability to run virtual XP.
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