Is now the right time to go 64-bit?

  theDarkness 14:33 24 May 2011

Ive been looking into upgrading or buying a new system, but am unsure of whether to take the plunge into 64bit or to just stick with 32bit? I had enough incompatibility issues with both Vista and 7 on 32bit trying to run many XP programs and hardware, which had me beginning to think that windows compatibility was increasing getting alot worse than ever before, which perhaps might open the market up to a far wider range of operating systems as a result than ever. Not that thats a bad thing! Im thinking now may not be the right time to go 64bit, especially if alot of drivers for hardware may still not yet be available, or for old hardware, never will be. In the end I think Ill probably end up with a dual boot system with XP and possibly Windows 8 when its released later this year, so ignoring any older XP era hardware or programs, has anyone had major incompatibility issues with a 64bit system, using Vista or 7, when trying to run current 32bit hardware or programs? Thanks for any info :)

  wiz-king 14:52 24 May 2011

I went Win 7 64bit earlier this year and had no problems except for my old scanner. The installation disk for that was for Win95 and I could not find any drivers for it not even XP ones. I run quite early software that was designed for Win 98 with little trouble.- I might just be lucky.

  interzone55 16:03 24 May 2011

I've got 64 bit Windows 7 and the only problem I've got is a couple of games that no longer work, but that could be down to Windows 7 itself, rather than the 64 bit environment...

  theDarkness 16:09 24 May 2011

being able to run software as far back as 95 on 64bit is a good sign, as even XP would struggle with alot of 95 software that I had tested before :) most sites I looked at were suggesting that the situation wasnt good, that alot of drivers for certain hardware (eg printers) could be a big problem on 64bit. I suppose if its big branded/for popular hardware, then its likely that 64bit compatible drivers are going to pop up eventually, official or not, in the end :) thanks for that

  theDarkness 16:15 24 May 2011

sorry read that first reply too fast, about your 95 era scanner installation disc! :( yeah-its hard to tell if some incompatibility issues may be the result of using the new operating system in general, rather than the fact that its now 64bit

  961 17:22 24 May 2011

Although I was very wary about 64 bit Windows initially I think things have resolved themselves now

Both my latest desktop and laptop have 64 bit and have been problem free

  bremner 19:38 24 May 2011

You will only experience issues with drivers for old peripherals in W7 64 bit.

A problem with software compatibility in W7 64 bit will be the same in W7 32 bit.

  birdface 22:46 24 May 2011

Well you have 2 internet explorers for start off.

I would have rather stayed with the 32 Bit version and did not notice this was a 64 Bit version until I got home.

  CurlyWhirly 10:08 26 May 2011

I was cautious about upgrading to a 64 bit OS (Vista) in 2009 but I've had very little trouble.

In fact the only trouble I've had is a few old games not working that I can do without anyway !

  Muergo 14:16 26 May 2011

I bought Windows7 retail pack with both discs included but stuck with 32 because of printer & scanner compatibility problems. As I replace these, I could change to 64 bit but what would I notice?

Can it be changed without reinstalling everything in the OS?

In other words, why should I bother, might as well wait for Windows8.

  961 19:14 26 May 2011


I think you can only use one of those discs from the pack, so if you chose 32 bit you must legally stick with that

I've no doubt many will now tell you how to get around that Microsoft condition

But, as you say, if all is working well, why not wait for Windows 8

Unless you are into high speed gaming I don't think it's worth thinking about

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