Windows 7 Thread, 32bit vs 64bit in Technical; We're looking towards our migration to Windows 7 next summer, and one of the issues I'm sure everyone else has ...
15th November 2012, 11:24 AM #1
32bit vs 64bit
We're looking towards our migration to Windows 7 next summer, and one of the issues I'm sure everyone else has faced is the choice of 32bit or 64bit.
From what I've been told - SIMS.net should still go on 32bit, and Office 32bit is the preferred one. So, what did you all stump up for?
Did you bite the bullet and go 64bit?
15th November 2012, 11:27 AM #2
32 bit here - hardly any of our machines would have benefited from 64 bit so was a no brainer!
15th November 2012, 11:30 AM #3
So, none of your machines have 4GB RAM then?
Originally Posted by Dom_
15th November 2012, 11:33 AM #4
Originally Posted by localzuk
I said hardly any, most have 3GB, and with the amount of win 95 software teachers expect to run, I've had a much smaller headache on 32 bit...
15th November 2012, 11:33 AM #5
Our Admin PC is on 32-bit, which I think is so that it works with Facility. Everything else we've gone for 64-bit so far.
The only upgrades we haven't done are the teacher laptops which we are looking at this term. I've been running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on them to check software and hardware compatibility as an initial guideline - some have 1Gbof RAM so will only go to 32-bit anyway!
15th November 2012, 11:41 AM #6
We've gone 64 bit everywhere except a few tablet/netbook machines that only have 32 bit touchscreen drivers.
We've had no problems - we simply told teaching departments "The following software will not work (....) so you need to find replacements for them, which we will be happy to assist you with"
15th November 2012, 11:42 AM #7
were on 32 bit xp and 64 bit 7, upgraded a large percent of the school, and offices will be done once we have fully weined staff from NOVA T, in the summer we "removed it" and only a couple of staff have asked for it, but we made them aware that it WILL disappear when 7 is upgraded
15th November 2012, 11:43 AM #8
We are busy with the move to 64-bit as part of our new system which will go live next year. As an interim we switched around 90 systems last summer from Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit to 64 bit to allow us to run Adobe CS5 whicjh needs 64 bit for video editing.
We had already migrated our application base to run under Windows 7 32-bit 2 years ago, so far we have not seen any specific 64-bit failures.
The biggest headache so far has been with application packaging & deployment as you now have to contend with Program Files & Program Files (x86) & System32 & SysWOW64 so local mods via registry updates or file copies can end up in the wrong place.
I have been running SIMS.net on 64-bit for 15 months now on my system without a problem; General advice on Office is to stick with 32-bit, we will roll out Office 2010 32-bit at the same time
Last edited by broc; 15th November 2012 at 11:47 AM.
15th November 2012, 11:46 AM #9
we are all 32 bit on our primary site... For the ridiculous software we need to run, and the fact the speediest curriculum machine only has 2gb.
15th November 2012, 11:48 AM #10
64-bit here and the only real problem was the basic Sims installer wouldn’t work. But once installed Sims works fine. The only other problem we ran into was IE 64-bit and no flash support but that has no longer a problem.
15th November 2012, 11:50 AM #11
64 bit for the Win 7 machines, old XP machines on 32 bit.
No probs with 64 bit so far other than the slight annoyance with deploying software noted above.
MS recommend you install Office 32 bit.
15th November 2012, 11:55 AM #12
32bit win 7 all over here.
There is no benefit of 64bit machines other than allowing the extra ram to be seen.
But if you can find software that needs 3gb+ of Ram then its very very badly written
15th November 2012, 12:00 PM #13
64bit Win 7 here some machines had 4GB+ allready which wasn't being utilized by XP 32bit.
All the hardware supports 64bit and means I only need 1 print driver architechture.
15th November 2012, 12:01 PM #14
Windows 7 64 Bit everywhere [except the Canteen where the touch screen tills are still XP 32 Bit and the Canteen workstation is Windows 7 32 Bit because EasyTrace/Crystal Reports requires 32 Bit]
I saw going to 64 Bit as an opportunity to drop some EXTREMELY old [16 Bit] software which was running on our old network. They gave us nothing but problems. Can't run them now. Sorry.
15th November 2012, 12:04 PM #15
I went 32bit when we changed in the summer just because most PCs have 2GB of RAM and the new ones with 4 arn't going to struggle with 3.
That said, sort of wish I had gone 64 bit now, as it would have been more future proof and meant I only needed one print driver per printer
Probably will start moving to 64 bit over the next year
Last edited by sidewinder; 15th November 2012 at 12:06 PM.
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