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    64 bit Vista issues? (Vista 64 bit)

    I am going to be helping a friend set up his new Vista 64 bit computer. I seem to remember reading somewhere that there have been some compatibility issues with the 64 bit version. Is there anything to be aware of when I am setting it up? Is it any different from the 32 bit version when you are working with it?

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    Re: 64 bit Vista issues? (Vista 64 bit)

    Vista x64 works much better after SP-1 was released. If SP-1 is not installed yet on your friend's computer, I would recommend to download Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Standalone for x64-based Systems and burn it on CD, then install it from CD.

    But first of all, make sure that the hardware is appropriate: 64-bit CPU, no less than 4 GB of RAM, etc.

    Second, check and download the latest drivers. Remember, any 32-bit or unsigned drivers will not work!
    Do not rely on Microsoft Update website for drivers. Visit computer's manufacturer webpage and download the latest drivers for chipset and integrated devices. If the computer has, say, nVidia video adapter, visit nVidia website and download the latest driver, the same for Broadcom NIC card, etc.

    Third, not all 32-bit programs will work smoothly under x64. Search the Internet for updates and advice.

    For more information, see, for example, Ask Dan: 32 or 64 bit Vista? - general questions;
    Windows Vista x64: One Year Later - list of applications;
    Windows Vista 64-bit Today - general questions
    and many, many other.

    Good luck!

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    Re: 64 bit Vista issues? (Vista 64 bit)

    Here are two opposing views of 64-bit Vista from a single newsletter
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    Re: 64 bit Vista issues? (Vista 64 bit)

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    Re: 64 bit Vista issues? (Vista 64 bit)

    OK thanks to all for the responses. Some good info there.

    My friend decided to give it a try, so I'll be playing with it next week if it arrive by then.

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