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    64 bit OK

    I'm buying a new laptop running Win7 but it is 64bit, is 64bit a good idea?

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    84 Bit is an excellent idea. You will be able to access more RAM (this site shows Ram limits for various Windows versions) For many resource intensive appss, 64 Bit will work more efficiently and faster. As time goes on more and more apps will be available in 64 Bit versions. Most 32 Bit apps run just fine on Windows 7 64 Bit. 16 Bit apps do have problems with 64 Bit but these are getting to be very few and far between.

    As a side note, use the 32 Bit version of IE (both 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions of IE are installed) many add ons have not been updated for the 64 Bit version yet.
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    Definitely. No obvious disadvantages these days, ability to use more than 3 GB memory (in practical terms), all 32 bit apps that you are used to still usable.

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    Ditto, for a modern laptop, no problem since they are much more self-contained than other computer formfactors and there is little concern for old incompatible peripherals. Only something like trying to print to a 32-bit shared printer on a different system would be problematic.

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    Most common problem areas going to 64 bit:

    - peripherals (printers mostly) not having compatible drivers
    - running old 16 bit software

    As long as your peripherals are compatible and you don't need any legacy software 64 bit is definitely the way to go. Personally I use XP mode for the old software and live with not being able to use my old Laserjet 1000.

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