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    x86 or x64?

    Quick straw poll for those who have deployed 7... did you go for 32 or 64 bit on your builds?

    I guess it would be down to...

    • incompatible apps
    • driver support

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    Currently 32bit with a few x64 around.

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    x64 all the way

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    Currently 32bit due to some issues with 64bit compatibility when we rolled out. When we reimage this summer we'll probably look at moving to 64bit site wide

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    x64 on anything with a cpu that supports it, x32 on any remaining junk that won't. From a managment prespective there is stuff all difference and its way better to have a mix of x32 and x64 Win 7 boxes than some x64 7 and some XP.

    Driver support for x64 is really good and its usually printers and random education specific junk that can cause some issues. Digital Blue for instance are junk with compatibility along with some cheaper printers and many scanners. As long as you are not too hung up on Aero then most hardware will run 7 with a bit of a ram upgrade unless they are over around 8 years old.
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    Overall I've found the 64bit OS to be fine its the 64bit MS Office that I have had compatability issues with especially Macro Enabled Forms and Documents prepared on 32bit versions of Office are Incompatible with 64bit!

    One, and you have to laugh was Microsofts own Licensing Audit and Agreement Forms.

    When I couldnt open the forms with my 64bit Office, MS told me I would have to install a 32bit version of Office to use those documents!!!

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    I agree, use the 32 bit version of Office even if you are using x64 Windows as the x64 bit is not really ready, even MS admit that.

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    All our clients are x86 here and don't think there is any intention of going down the x64 path just yet.

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    I have to admit that until my desktops are pushing 4GB RAM the gains I'd get from a 64-bit OS seem negligible compared to possible driver issues and old apps on a 32-bit one... anyone noticed any difference in speed on x64? Although that said it's the faster PCs you'll be putting it on anyway so maybe not the best control for a performance test :-P

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    I m thankful I have the 6th form drop in centre so I use it as a test base! I m looking at making 64 bit images for the room so see how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    x64 all the way
    i just find x64 more stable same with vista vist x86 was much more flakey than x64 on the same pc for me. ive decided as i will have to go x64 some time and as most of my servers already are x64 time to bite the bullet and it means i dont have start menus with 2 version of a shortcut one for c:\program files\something\something.exe and c:\program files(x86)\something\something.exe so simple to manage

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    i just find x64 more stable same with vista vist x86 was much more flakey than x64 on the same pc for me. ive decided as i will have to go x64 some time and as most of my servers already are x64 time to bite the bullet and it means i dont have start menus with 2 version of a shortcut one for c:\program files\something\something.exe and c:\program files(x86)\something\something.exe so simple to manage
    You dont need ot do that can just do c:\%program files% or whatever it exactly is

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    You dont need ot do that can just do c:\%program files% or whatever it exactly is
    ? 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...

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    On my new network it's 64bit win 7 all the way.

    The thought of managing 2xupdates, drivers and wims and possibly software..... Nightmare although we have a fairly up to date software set, so touchwood not going to get many issues.

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    I'm using x86 as 3 suites of PCs don't have 64bit drivers for their graphics! Can't imagine PCs with more than 4GB of ram for a while yet.

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