Windows 7 Thread, Straw poll... x86 vs x64 in Technical; Office 2010 x86 is recommend, as it's compatible with a lot more add-ons. I don't believe Office 2010 x64 is ...
27th February 2012, 10:06 PM #16
Office 2010 x86 is recommend, as it's compatible with a lot more add-ons. I don't believe Office 2010 x64 is any better, faster or more secure. Some applications won't ever benefit, unlike the likes of Photoshop which do perform better in x64 mode. I've read online that many users of Office 2010 x64 complain about the amount of memory it uses compared with Office 2010 x86 which does the same thing!
It looks like future versions of Office will mostly be cloud based anyway, so x86 or x64 will be irrelevant.
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28th February 2012, 09:19 AM #17
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99.5% x64 and thats only cause about 2 clients i have can't take x64 OS, hoping to get rid of them this summer. also i agree with the office x64 comment. have found the x86 to be lot easier and less memory hungry.
28th February 2012, 09:23 AM #18
Currently using X86 but will be moving to X64 in the summer and then from then onwards any machine reinstalled will be running X64.
28th February 2012, 09:24 AM #19
Running 32bit windows 7 everywhere bar our IT office pcs, Once windows 8 is out we'll probably look at rolling on to x64 then. Done it this way mainly due avoiding any issues with old educational software.
Slowly over the years been replacing software though so hopefully by the time windows 8 is out and i do another test run with all our school software we won't have any of the old crap left (or if we do the relevant departments can be told to upgrade it or lose it)
28th February 2012, 09:34 AM #20
We're migrating to Windows 7 this year, and it will be x64 everywhere except for one or two devices connected to peripherals that will only work on a 32 bit OS (our phone system's switchboard operator's console springs to mind).
32-bit office 2010 for us; Microsoft themselves recommend using this version unless you have an edge case situation where you will see some benefit from x64 office.
28th February 2012, 03:28 PM #21
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Running x64 on all hardware which will support it, with only a handful (20 or so) being x86.
29th February 2012, 05:26 PM #22
I maintain both a x32 and x64 image of Windows 7, but only x64 is deployed. I've got about 200 or so workstations out of 1500 running Win7x64 and the rest are either XP or 2k. We haven't had any issues with software incompatibility on x64 yet so we're pressing on with it.
29th February 2012, 05:49 PM #23
Even Microsoft recommends most people stick with the 32-bit version of Office 2010. The whole point of the 64-bit version, is to enable add-in developers to create and test 64-bit add-ins ready for when Microsoft discontinues the 32-bit version of Office (probably when Office 16/Windows 9 are released).
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29th February 2012, 06:14 PM #24
Initial push was 32-bit (testing and shims came back clean, not the case with 64). A bit later on, I've got two small rooms running 64-bit without issue and I'm about to push the main rooms to 64-bit.
29th February 2012, 07:11 PM #25
This thread has given me a kick up the arse to get x64 tested again, looks like we still have 4 bits of software that won't work but one of those I'm already told isn't needed. Soon as I get an answer on the other 3 I can start deploying that said...got to sort the WDS driver store first which will no doubt take a while.
29th February 2012, 07:20 PM #26
I used Windows 7 x64 (8GB RAM / SSD) but I run Microsoft Office 2010 x86
1st March 2012, 11:02 AM #27
Frankly the very very small technical benefits of x64 on our £300 pcs are totally outweighed by the huge driver/software issues of running x64.
1st March 2012, 11:08 AM #28
Have you tried x64, we have almost never had any issues with drivers, most are either included or downloaded automaticly from Windows update. Some really old software is a problem though (16bit).
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