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Would it be worth it to get Windows 7 64 bit?


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Riptide

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I realize that Windows 7 isn't out yet officially yet, but all the praise it has been getting has intrigued me. I already have Vista and have no problems with it (with 3GB RAM) so is Windows 7 awesome enough to warrant an upgrade? Or would it be better to wait for Service Pack 1?

Another reason I was considering an upgrade was to take advantage of 64 bits. I do a bit of gaming here and there and more ram is always nice isn't it? My computer can fit up to 8GB so I figure why not? Or will 8GB make almost no difference?

Finally, I am also worried about compatibility issues. I know some drivers may not work but what about programs? I certainly wouldn't want to lose the ability to play any of my games or use any of my art or CD programs.

Thank you for all your help and I apologize for abusing the question mark. :)
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Another reason I was considering an upgrade was to take advantage of 64 bits. I do a bit of gaming here and there and more ram is always nice isn't it? My computer can fit up to 8GB so I figure why not? Or will 8GB make almost no difference?

3GB to 8GB? You will definitely see a performance jump. Although the same piece of data in 32bit will occupy more memory in 64bit, an upgrade of 5GB will definitely make your system faster.

Finally, I am also worried about compatibility issues. I know some drivers may not work but what about programs? I certainly wouldn't want to lose the ability to play any of my games or use any of my art or CD programs.

Many of the programs that work in Vista will also work in Windows 7. There are very few programs that will have compatibility issues in Windows 7. If the game that you play is somewhat recent, the game will almost definitely work. If you do some research about the programs you use, you should be able to find the answer :)

Hope that helps

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