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Old 01-14-2009, 01:20 PM
 
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what would i have to change if i went from 32 bit to 64 bit ? would i still be able to use the samethings i use now like printer ?
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:03 PM
 
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I would suggest researching every piece of hardware you have and determine if 64 bit drivers are available before deciding to do this.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:52 PM
 
Location: NJ
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what would i have to change if i went from 32 bit to 64 bit ? would i still be able to use the samethings i use now like printer ?
Need more information..
What computer are you putting it on?
Do you game? You might not be able to run some games in it
Also things like a printer or scanner, again, might not run due to drivers.

We can't tell you what will and won't work since we have no clue what you have printer wise..

When you say 64 bit, are you talking about XP or Vista?
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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The first and obvious thing you need to check is that your PC has 64 bit hardware, Roselvr covered the rest.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: kcmo
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Even though I run 64 bit.. there's isn't any real exciting reason to come on over.. ??

Your basic benifits
- You can use your ram if you have 4 Gb+
- It might be stabler.. (maybe).. I have problems with Realtek NIC which they seem to update once a month for windows update..

Your basic downsides
- Don't run IE 64 bit why??? Cause there's no flash activex control available and that makes it a nightmare to go to websites..
- Some old 32 bit or 16 bit application won't work.. for example I've been thinking of playing one of my old favorite games HOMM2 nope not compatible with 64 bit..
- While I haven't found a device that doesn't have working drivers for 64 bit.. I'm not going to say there aren't some that are unsupported...
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:15 AM
 
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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The reason i ask is because i want to buy a new computer and all the ones i seem to like have 64 bit. i don't want to have to buy a new printer if i switch. it seems like if you get a computer from a store they all have 64 bit now. i don't do any gaming just internet surfing.
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Old 01-15-2009, 05:06 PM
 
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It would be cheaper to buy a new printer than a new 32 bit version of Windows, just check the mfg's website for 64 bit drivers.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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i don't know. all this is very confusing. i'm getting a new computer and just bought a new printer to replace the one i had that only worked on windows xp. i'd rather not get a computer that has 64 bit if i'm going to have to buy another printer. i'll just get the computer that i built through dell, it's 32 bit and end all the confusion.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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i don't know. all this is very confusing. i'm getting a new computer and just bought a new printer to replace the one i had that only worked on windows xp. i'd rather not get a computer that has 64 bit if i'm going to have to buy another printer. i'll just get the computer that i built through dell, it's 32 bit and end all the confusion.
Why not put an end to the issue and either tell us what printer you have or check the mfg's website, if it's fairly new 64 bit drivers should be available.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:51 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The reason i ask is because i want to buy a new computer and all the ones i seem to like have 64 bit. i don't want to have to buy a new printer if i switch. it seems like if you get a computer from a store they all have 64 bit now. i don't do any gaming just internet surfing.
Give us a few links to the computers you're talking about.

Vista 32 bit $90
I might buy that and a cheap hard drive, take the drive that came with it out & set it aside then put in the new drive with 32 bit Vista or install a virtual machine which is what I'm going to work on next. You also have the option to dual boot
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