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Vista 64bit Upgrade

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February 8, 2009 8:32:06 PM

Hi all,
I know these questions maybe asked many times, but i really need your help :) 
I have Q6600 cpu, 4Gb ram, Asus P5Q motherboard, ATI 4850, 2x500Gb SATAII hard disks
Now currently I am running vista 32bit
I need to know is it good choice to upgrade to vista 64bit ?
Mostly I use adobe CS4 products for web designing and some other softwares like Aptana, Also I like games and I play games too.
Can I have my current raid configuration for vista 64bit ?
Is it possible to test vista 64bit in another partition while i have vista 32bit ?
I will appreciate your help :) 

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February 9, 2009 7:09:46 AM

Hello, im still new to all this myself but im not sure u can "test" 64bit in the separate partition due to the fact that you would have to download new chipsets and drivers for your bios and other programs which would mess with your 32bit set up. like i said i know very little about this stuff but thought i would throw that out there.
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February 9, 2009 7:12:36 AM

datis said:

I need to know is it good choice to upgrade to vista 64bit ?


Yup. More RAM available, better use of Quads

datis said:

Can I have my current raid configuration for vista 64bit ?


Yup. RAID didnt disappear when Vista got released ;) 

datis said:

Is it possible to test vista 64bit in another partition while i have vista 32bit ?


Yup, though you may see a few emulation probs when running 32bit / 64 bit OS's on some lesser developed applications
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February 9, 2009 7:28:55 AM

Thanks for the replies, What about softwares compatibility ? Did you notice any problems with softwares and games ? Thanks again
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February 9, 2009 7:39:30 AM

Supports close to 100%, nothing major pops to mind.
That sorta thing is only really a problem when you are an early adopter of technology but Vista has been out long enough now
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February 9, 2009 7:43:17 AM

So you are using vista 64bit now ? are you satisfied with it ? :) 
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February 9, 2009 7:46:01 AM

No because im a noob. But i do use it occasionally and have had no probs.

To explain - when i bought my PC I ordered the 32 bit version and already had it installed by the time i realised! Still kicking myself for it.
I plan to steal my Dads vista 64 bit and use my 32 bit key to authorise it - i have it on good authority that this works....and it saves me £70 :D 
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February 9, 2009 7:47:41 AM

Good i will try it soon too :D 
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February 9, 2009 12:12:52 PM

I haven't had major issues with Vista 64 yet, but remember, unless you install 6GB+ or RAM, theres really no point...
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February 9, 2009 12:19:14 PM

You mean 4gb is not enough ?
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February 9, 2009 12:23:28 PM

4GB is fine. The main advantage of Vista is it can address more RAM. 4GB is XP's limit, same for other 32 bit apps.

With Vista 64 you can use more than 4GB RAM and it is the main reason for most people upgrading.
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