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    First 64-Bit Computer

    Other than the risk of peripheral incompatibility, are there any other things I should be aware of before getting our first 64-bit computers?

    I noticed that Adobe Application Manager wanted me to specify whether the target PC was 32- or 64-bit when I was packaging CS5, but I'm assuming I could allocate both packages to all computers, and just leave them to install the right one. Not an issue in this instance, mind you, as this user won't have Adobe CS anyway.

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    Your title is wrong, unless you have not brought any new pcs in the past five years you already ahve lots of 64 bit computers they are just running a 32 bit OS.

    Pedantry out of the way 64bit will run 32bit apps just fine, if they work in Windows 7 32 they will almost always work in 64bit W7. The 64bit version is better for Adobe S stuff as it can use the extra memory. You can even install the 32 bit version on the 64 bit machine if you want.

    If you are pushing MSIs either use seporate OUs for 64 bit PCs or WMI filtering on the GPO to pick between 32 and 64. You may also want to use the 64bit version on your AV application as that is one of the few things that could kick up an issue.

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    Main issue I've had is shared desktop shortcuts - as 32 bit apps are installed to C:\Program Files (x86) on a 64 bit system, any shortcuts pointing to C:\Program Files\#### won't work (unless you've found a 64 bit version of the program, which is uncommon with the software I have to install...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    Main issue I've had is shared desktop shortcuts - as 32 bit apps are installed to C:\Program Files (x86) on a 64 bit system, any shortcuts pointing to C:\Program Files\#### won't work (unless you've found a 64 bit version of the program, which is uncommon with the software I have to install...)
    Oops, yea that too, we don't use redirected desktops, you'll also want the 64bit version of Flash and Java as sometimes the user gets themselves into 64 bit IE and complains that there is no flash or java Simple fix though.

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    Make sure you have some WMI filters set for the different OSs and 32/64bit machines (I have them split as XP, Windows 7 x86, Windows 7 x64 and Windows 7 x86 & x64). That'll help with control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Your title is wrong, unless you have not brought any new pcs in the past five years you already ahve lots of 64 bit computers they are just running a 32 bit OS.
    So I could stick the 32-bit OS on the new computer and avoid all the other problems mentioned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    So I could stick the 32-bit OS on the new computer and avoid all the other problems mentioned?
    Probably but you do loose support for memory above 3.x GB you also loose support for the much faster algorythms in the CS suite as well as lower quality drivers (in the 32bit version) and slightly less security (in the 32bit version).

    May as well deal with 64 bit now as once you get the initial setup over with which is not too bad your set. 64bit is comming and 32 bit is going away. Dealing with it now will put you in a better place overall.

    Still at least if it is Windows 7 32bit you are three quaters of the way there.
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    This user won't be running Adobe CS anyway, nor anything else which needs in excess of 3GB RAM. Tempted to whack 32-bit on it, so I can get it out there and then think about 64-bit in a more measured way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    This user won't be running Adobe CS anyway, nor anything else which needs in excess of 3GB RAM. Tempted to whack 32-bit on it, so I can get it out there and then think about 64-bit in a more measured way...
    A workable solution but still I'd recommend getting a 64bit station setup somewhere if only to be ready when you need to be. Your CS users would probably benifit from 64bit so it may be something to look into for those areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    So I could stick the 32-bit OS on the new computer and avoid all the other problems mentioned?
    That's what I do :-)

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