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    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?

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    32 bit here - hardly any of our machines would have benefited from 64 bit so was a no brainer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom_ View Post
    32 bit here - hardly any of our machines would have benefited from 64 bit so was a no brainer!
    So, none of your machines have 4GB RAM then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    So, none of your machines have 4GB RAM then?

    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...

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    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!

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    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"

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    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

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    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
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

    Ben

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    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.

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    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
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