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    Straw poll... x86 vs x64

    Just a quickie, what flavour of 7 are you running on your networks at the moment?

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    x86-64 on Windows 7 and x86-32 on any of our XP PCs.
    Will be pure x86-64 by end of April.

    The primary we look after is pure x86-32 Windows 7 (mainly due to legacy software compatibility).

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    Cool, just thinking x64 will make life easier at least from a printer perspective as we won't have to worry about the whole x86 \ x64 driver version business that seems to have caused quite a few grey hairs for Server 2008 R2 admins

    Was going to push a few PCs up to 4GB RAM as well with spare stuff we've taken out of old computers so would be a bonus there as well

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    We're on x86 here, and have deliberately only bought machines with 3GB RAM the past two years as a result. Will look seriously at going x64 with Windows 8, especially as we've recently scrapped all our shoddy HP printers that had naff x64 drivers.

    I know at least a couple of machines that may have to stay x86 due to older software. I seem to recall our Finance software still has some 16-bit code, unbelievably.

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    x86, because that is the PCs we had at the time we moved to Windows 7. So far, the only x64 computer I've bought is a laptop which gets configured differently anyway. I am sorely tempted to re-image any other new x64 machines with x86 for the time being though, because of the pointless insistence on having "Program Files" and "Program Files (x64)" folders, meaning all shortcuts need to be duplicated and everyone can see two of every shortcut, only one of which works (still not figured out how RM hide invalid shortcuts on CC3, must try and work that out...).

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    About 5 Windows 7 x86 PCs (couple of Core Duo tablets, some that need redoing and an old Xibo box). Otherwise pure x64, though we have plenty of XP clients still on x86 here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    still not figured out how RM hide invalid shortcuts on CC3, must try and work that out.
    They are recreated from scratch at every logon, and only those pointing to valid targets are created.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    They are recreated from scratch at every logon, and only those pointing to valid targets are created.
    One of the reasons I love App-V so much! Only shows the shortcuts for the programs the user has access to.

    Anywhos back on track - its possible to load x86-32 printer drivers onto Server 2008 R2.

    We still have a fair few old brother printers still cluttering up the place with their dusty rubbish drivers - just wish we could move to the world of a few good photocopiers dotted around the site and nothing else.

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    Except awful fizzbooks ive only deployed x64

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    We're on x86 here, and have deliberately only bought machines with 3GB RAM the past two years as a result. Will look seriously at going x64 with Windows 8, especially as we've recently scrapped all our shoddy HP printers that had naff x64 drivers.
    Any chance of naming and shaming said printers? Ours are mainly 2420, P3005, P2015 and 4250s so hoping they'll be fairly standard fayre... however I remember the great HP driver debacle of 2006 so don't trust their software developers one bit as far as printer drivers go!

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    I run both here. Id prefer x64 throughout but we still have some old avervision visualizers in use that only have x86 drivers.

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    All networks I support are running Windows 7 SP1 x86 along with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, which of course is only available in x64. Why if you're wondering? It's to make sure as many applications as possible are compatible and secondly, there is no real need for x64 yet. Clearly Microsoft still think x86 has a place too as I believe they'll still be Windows 8 x86 and x64 versions when it's released. Servers will only be x64 from now on however.

    I still upgrade workstations to 4GB of memory (or 2GB for netbooks) and Windows 7 will see 3.5GB on most x86 systems. The wasted 500MB isn't really an issue and it means users can multi-task with many more applications quicker.

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    Anywhos back on track - its possible to load x86-32 printer drivers onto Server 2008 R2.
    It is possible to install x64 and x86 print drivers onto a 2008 R2 server. The x64 version must be installed/added first, then the x86 second. It also has to be the same driver language PCL5, PCL6 etc... and the same version number of the driver. Windows will then intelligently use the correct version of the driver it requires.

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    Windows 7: 64 bit [for the most part] Those stations that are not 64 bit are limited by software requirements [EG: Canteen EasyTrace software requires 32 Bit Windows so that the 32 Bit SQL reporting software can run]

    One legacy station running XP in network Support to run Ringmaster [controls wireless access for students/staff/visitors]

    10 or so legacy XP stations in The Music department [running XP based music software]

    [@gshaw: You could have attached a poll to this post and thus could have seen a summary of the responses as a bar graph at the top of the post]
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    Depending on the school, all 64bit or a combo of 64 and 32 for schools who have older machines that only have 1GB of RAM and no upgrade budget. Anything with 2GB or over gets 64 as it is just more stable and slightly less vunrable to certain exploits.

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    What are your preferences for Microsoft Office 2010? x86 or x64?



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