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Vista 32 vs 64


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Crunchy409

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Greetings!

I just bought parts for a new computer- this will be the first that I have put together.

I ordered Vista and as I understand it, the in-box version is 32-bit but it comes with a voucher for a free 64-bit version?

1. Is that correct?

2. Do you choose one or the other, or are they both simultaneously installed?

thanks!
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1) Depends. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. It also depends whether you get an OEM version or an Retail version.
2) You could have both installed if you want.
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I purchased the retail version just in case of future upgrades, etc.

Would having both vista 32 and vista 64 installed bog things down and create some issues? (i.e.- will performance be hurt). I'm new to the dual operating system idea so sorry for all the questions! thanks!
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You can dual-boot as many operating systems as you need/want to and any issues you encounter would be that of the operating system you're using at the time.
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1. would you choose on start-up or would one operating system become 'default'? Also, do you need to download drivers for both 32-bit AND 64-bit? (for the video card, for instance)

2. At this point, is it better to stick with 32-bit, or have enough drivers/patches become available for the 64-bit version? I do have 4 GB of RAM bought for my new (and first) build.

Thank you!!

Edited by Crunchy409, 08 January 2008 - 04:33 PM.

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