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XP Home SP3 with AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Processor... waste of money?

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June 28, 2009 9:50:57 PM

Hope I picked a good category...

Hey Tom's... I just got a new computer from a builder.

I got it for the sole purpose of photoshopping and other design related applications.

My questions for you guys is:
Will the fact that the OS is 32bit interfere if I decide to get CS4 64bit?

I am really confused that the builder didn't take advantage of the 64bit processors and use Vista or XP 64...

Please enlighten me.
June 28, 2009 10:13:39 PM

yes it will, and i will elaborate since you didn't even wiki it I'm assuming

32bit programs will run fine on a 64bit OS, however this is not vice versa (ie it doesn't go the other way)

it's not a big problem though, just go and download Windows7 64bit from microsoft and then buy it when it comes out
June 28, 2009 10:23:31 PM

i googled it and actually found another thread here with a similar question. so yeah, i tried to research it.

im just confused as to why this guy sticks with xp home when he has systems that could benefit more from a 64bit os. i thought maybe the os didnt matter and cs4 would somehow magically work as 64bit... lofty idea i know.

thanks for the answer, mindless.

looks like i got a copy of xp home to sell... yay
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June 29, 2009 1:25:10 AM

My guess is the guy sticks with 32-bit is because - unless the CUSTOMER specifies 64-bit - 32-bit has no additional compatability issues.

Why didn't you specify 64-bit?
June 29, 2009 2:31:14 AM

More than likely the reason why he gave you a 32bit copy of XP instead of a 64bit copy is that he probably buys them in bulk and since most people use 32bit OS's than that is what he had stock of.
June 29, 2009 4:36:28 PM

buying in bulk. that was my guess too.

it was a prebuilt system so i couldnt request a 64bit os.

im putting alot of thought into windows7. i have 3 gigs of ram so i need another 1g stick... how much is ram nowadays?