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Pros and cons of going from 32 bit to 64 bit

by martygene / December 6, 2009 10:25 PM PST

I'll be doing a clean install of win7 soon and now have XP 32bit and wonder if i should stay with 32but when i install win7 or go to 64bit?
is 64bit worth it? probably none of my 32 bit programs will work in win7 64 bit. is 64 bit the way to go for the future or aren't there enough 64 bit programs to make it worthwhile? also, if i install win7 as 32bit and want to go to win7 64bit later on will it have to be a clean install and will i lose all my settings, etc.??

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Yes to losing what we don't backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2009 10:42 PM PST

But it's odd you write about the loss of 32-bit programs. I didn't lose any here. Can you share the list of what you are concerned about?

As to the move/upgrade to 64 bit later. That's been covered before and the answer is grim. It's a clean install again.

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32bit vs. 64bit
by martygene / December 6, 2009 11:06 PM PST

Adobe Premiere Elemets 3
Adobe Photoshop 7
Soundforge 9
are just some of the main programs that i wonder about.
i know going from win7 32bit to win7 64bit is another clean install that's why i want to know if i should go to 64bit right off the bat. is 64 bit going to be the dominant format for the next 3 or 4 years or will 32 bit be fine?

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Only SoundForge
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2009 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: 32bit vs. 64bit

Was heard to have an issue. I think the maker had a patch.

As to the move to 64, you can move when you are ready but if you value your time I think now is a good time to make the move.

Let's get one question out of the way.

Do 32-bit Windows programs run on 64-bit Windows 7?

Most do.

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by jeff_windows_team / December 7, 2009 3:44 AM PST
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