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    64 bit Win7/32 bit WinXP File question

    I hope this is not a foolish question, but I've done a lot of reading about bittedness, and I'm still unsure. I have a 64 bit Win 7 machine, and a 32 bit Win XP machine. If they are networked is there any problem transfering and working on files of various types back and forth between the two boxes. I know you can transfer a 32 bit mpg file, for instance, to the 64 bit machine, and work on it there. Can you then transfer the altered file back to the 32 bit machine and play it from there? Thanks in advance for any answer.

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    BitAcurate,

    Welcome to the lounge as a poster.

    When it comes to "bitness" you don't have to worry about data files they will transfer from machine to machine w/o problem. Programs on the other hand are another problem. You can NOT run a 64 bit program, or driver, on a 32 bit operating system. You can run 32 bit programs on a 64 bit operating system as they are designed to be backward compatible with 32 bit programs. Device Drivers on the other hand must match the bitness of the OS. This is what slowed the adoption of 64 bit operating systems as most device manufacturers were not providing 64 bit drivers. This is no longer a problem except for the reuse of older devices for which the manufactures do not provide updated drivers in hopes of selling you a new device. I hope this answers your question.
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    Thanks for your time

    Thanks very much for your reply. Now if I can just get them to play together nicely.

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    BitAcurate,

    One thing I forgot to mention is that I would avoid using a Home Group on the Win-7 machine as this will give XP problems. IMHO you are much better setting up sharing on the Win-7 machine the same way you do on the XP machine. What I always do is set up identical accounts {name & PW} on both machines makes sharing much easier.
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