Install a Vista x86 or x64?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Gautam, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. soda97

    soda97 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Should I get the x64 because the core 2 dual is a 64bit chip?
    Would there be any compatibility problem with x86 software?
    Any explanation would be appreciated.


    Regards,
    soda
     
  2. alphaswift

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    The biggest issue would be the relatively uncommon tablet related drivers working in a 64 bit environment. They should work, but you'd never know until you try.

    If I was buying a Vista license, I would do the safe thing and just load the 32 bit drivers.
     
  3. Pyxus

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    this will depend if Asus provides x64 drivers for the R1F... since x32 drivers won't work. I briefly installed x64 RC1: it was working great but without wifi and sound. I went back to x32 because some apps didn't work, for example Bluebeam PDF Revu (a PDF annotation software). there are probably many more software that don't work under x64. just a guess.
     
  4. Pyxus

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    Alphaswift,
    basic tablet functionalities were working in Vista x64RC1 (tip, etc...)
     
  5. techaholic

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    I currently have 64 running, and the latest bios upgrade 304 fixes the wireless issue. I t does run extremly fast.
     
  6. soda97

    soda97 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    thanks for the replies
    I still can't decide which version I should install for RC1...
    maybe x86 now and x64 when the RTM comes out with more drivers are available?
    I think x86 cannot upgrade to x64 version right?
    so I don't wanna do a clean install again later...


    thanks in advance,
    soda
     
  7. adamb78

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    There are still a lot of apps that don't support x64. And drivers will continue to be an issue in terms of other devices. I remember seeing some performance comparisons between x32 and x64 and the difference wasn't that great. Personally I will stick with x32 I think.
     
  8. Gautam

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    I am not sure that choosing to get Core 2 Duo based on its 64 bit status is important - there shouldn't be any conflicts in software, although drivers may be different depending on the hardware.

    For daily tasks, 32 bit and 64 bits are indistinguishable. The reason being that most programs today are made for 32 bits. That will change in a year or so.
     
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