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    Welcome to the 64-bit era of Windows




    KNOWN ISSUES

    Welcome to the 64-bit era of Windows


    By Michael Lasky

    In the brave new world of huge software packages and gigantic memory requirements, capacity counts.

    Here's what you need to know about upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit machines because sooner or later, upgrades will happen to you.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/known-issues/http://windowssecrets.com/known-issues/welcome-to-the-64-bit-era-of-Windows/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    This heading in the article makes no sense:

    "When the time comes to update to Win7 x32

    If you’ve decided to move to the 64-bit version of Win7, .........."

    Bruce

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    I've been happily running Win 7 x32, but want to run 64 bit version.
    I would like to have seen information about that.
    I don't think there is an upgrade option - so does that mean a complete reinstall for me?
    Will waiting for Win 8 help, or is that a full reinstall too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyP View Post
    I've been happily running Win 7 x32, but want to run 64 bit version.
    I would like to have seen information about that.
    I don't think there is an upgrade option - so does that mean a complete reinstall for me?
    Will waiting for Win 8 help, or is that a full reinstall too?
    Yes; complete reinstall, no upgrade (but transfer files and settings): Upgrading from Windows 7 Pro 32-bit to Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    I can't see that Windows 8 could be any easier (from 32 to 64).

    Bruce

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    I recently upgraded two of my PCs to Windows 7. I chose Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, for two reasons:

    1. One of the PCs was a bit lame -- the most memory it will take is 2 GB. I therefore figured that it might have some trouble with the 64-bit version of Windows 7.

    2. There's always the chance that an old piece of hardware connected to the PC, as well as some old piece of software, won't work with 64-bit Windows. (This happened to my brother-in-law. He upgraded to 64-bit Windows, and some of his peripherals quit working.)

    I agree that 64 bit is better, as long as all your stuff works with it. But, to minimize my headaches, I opted for compatibility rather than for the latest-and-greatest.

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