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    64bit arch

    Hi, i would be grateful for advice. I have £600 for a lap top. I would like windows 7. Should i get the 64bit arch over the 32bit. I work for an data infrastructure company and my computer knowledge is not fab. I fancy a Toshiba L505 144 with an i5 processor and 4gb of ram. It has 64bit arch. If you know of a better option please let me know. I want the best multimedia laptop i can get with my hard earned cash and i want it to last me the next two or three years.

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    With 4GB ram i would go with 64 bit. To be honest i have never had a problem with 64 bit. It can run all my applications perfect.

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    likewise, if you are able to go ahead and do so and these days you normally can with many new laptops go with x64 bit as FN said i have also been running x64 and have not had any issues with running the applications that i run and at this moment in time i have common applications like (Visual Studio 2010, Adobe Suite C4, Office 2010 etc)

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    The only app that won't run is a 16 bit application for printing on stickers. I just run that in Windows XP Mode

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    The 64-bit version of Windows 7 is definitely the way to go. It's even a bit more secure compared to the 32-bit version.

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    The problem you are most likely to run into with 64-bit is if you have an older (or not-so-old but very cheap) printer that does not have drivers for 64-bit. Likewise for scanners or other peripherals that need a driver (things like digital cameras normally don't).

    Basically, check with your manufacturer that 64-bit drivers exist to avoid disappointment. Personally, I would still go for 64-bit and just make it time for a new printer, but forewarned is forearmed.

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    +1 for 64bit Windows 7, I've been on it for a months now and have never had a problem, even with tricky programs and weird peripherals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryTechnician View Post
    The problem you are most likely to run into with 64-bit is if you have an older (or not-so-old but very cheap) printer that does not have drivers for 64-bit. Likewise for scanners or other peripherals that need a driver (things like digital cameras normally don't).

    Basically, check with your manufacturer that 64-bit drivers exist to avoid disappointment. Personally, I would still go for 64-bit and just make it time for a new printer, but forewarned is forearmed.
    depends on teh printer mines probably about 7 years old (canon pixma ip 5100 i think) and the drivers in windows work quite happily but then similar or newer hps in schools i have problems with mainly laserjet 3500 series and various and sundry office jets. If its been out of production by epson for more than 6 months dont expect epson to support it though

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    +1 for 64Bit been using 64bit since Vista's original release and I havent had any problems at all.

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    Thank you all very much. 64bit it will be then.

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