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    Really? What graphics processor do they use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
    ? The env variable %PROGRAMFILES(X86)% only exists on 64bit machines, not 32bit machines which is a pain in the backside if you want to have a shortcut that works on both archs. i.e PROGRAMFILES(X86) should go to c:\program files(x86) and c:\program files\ on 32bit.
    Anyone figure out how to fix that?, aside from deploying a new ENV variable...
    Use a .cmd that has
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    ::Detecting Windows OS version
    
    @ver | findstr /c:"Version 6.1" > NUL: && goto :win7
    @ver | findstr /c:"Version 6.0" > NUL: && goto :vista
    @ver | findstr /c:"Version 5.1" > NUL: && goto :XP
    
    ::Detecting X64 bit architecture
    
    if "%PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE%"=="AMD64" goto AMD64
    :AMD64
    Then you can target your commands to the specific version of windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
    ? The env variable %PROGRAMFILES(X86)% only exists on 64bit machines, not 32bit machines which is a pain in the backside if you want to have a shortcut that works on both archs. i.e PROGRAMFILES(X86) should go to c:\program files(x86) and c:\program files\ on 32bit.
    Anyone figure out how to fix that?, aside from deploying a new ENV variable...
    Ric_ pointed me to looking at Juntion points for this, I haven't quite got round to trying it out yet but it seems like the way to do it.

    Personally though all clients are 32bit, our IT office is 64bit, and all the servers are 64bit (including terminal servers) Temporarily the terminal servers - used only for science and maths - have a seperate section on their start menu for loading the apps, eventually i'll get around to sorting that though

    All clients are 64bit compatible but the most memory any have is 4GB and even that's only one classroom, negatives far out weigh the positives personally, though i reckon we'll make the switch eventually and it'll no doubt be a slow switch over (of when windows 8 comes out)

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    I think you could be right with junction points to sort that - its what microsoft have used to combat badly written apps which need to be able to access documents and settings now that its called users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    I think you could be right with junction points to sort that - its what microsoft have used to combat badly written apps which need to be able to access documents and settings now that its called users.
    Yea like lord of the rings battle for middle earth computer game, i was quite annoyed when i couldn't get it to run (got it going in the end though)

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    We put X64 on as many as possible and its working really well. We are now probably over 60% 64 bit, this allows us to use Photoshop X64 and Premier Pro on a large number of machines as both have 64bit versions.

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    Ric_ pointed me to looking at Juntion points for this,
    Aye, that's what I've done on our terminal server that's 64bit for the time being. If I get into a proper mix of 32/64 machines I think I'll have to make my own env variable or something to ease the transition.

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