32 or 64bit XP on vmware on leopard?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by bob2131, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    i have a brand new macbook.
    and i have a windows xp service pack 2 desktop pc and lots of compatible software for that.

    im gonna put vmware fusion on my mac and windows.

    but i dont know whether i should put 64bit xp or 32bit xp on.....
    whats the basic difference?

    how do i tell what my old pc desktop is?

  2. tekjunke macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Main advantage to x64 is that it can address more physical RAM (more than 4GB), you will likely see no other advantage to x64 especially in a VM.

    Windows historically does not specify 32 bit version of windows, its just assumed that if it does NOT specify x64, that its 32 bit. You can check by right clicking on my computer and clicking properties. 32bit version just says "Microsoft Windows XP"
  3. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    64bit XP isn't really that useful as it's not supported by some applications and will not provide any benefits on a VM.
  4. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    thanks guys.
    yeah the software i use says to use 32bit systems anyway....so yeah.

    im just gonna start a new thread about my not so good first experience with vmware fusion on a mac......

  5. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    Unless you need to test 64bit or have specific need, no advantage to installing it in vmware.

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