How reliable is Windows 64 Bit?

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  1. macuser154 macrumors 6502

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    I use bootcamp on my Mac to play games and I was wondering if installing a 64 bit version of Windows would help. I am currently running Windows XP Pro 32 Bit. When Windows 7 comes out would programs (specifically games) run fine, just like XP 32 bit?
     
  2. celticpride678

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    64 bit is a lot faster than 32 bit. Whether gaming is concerned, it should be a bit better, but it relies heavily on the graphics chip in the computer.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The Windows 7 64 Bit runs just fine and should be stable on release (unlike Vista)

    Reviews have been very positive and I am running it now in Fusion with no issues

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  4. macuser154 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cheers both of you. Will programs that weren't designed for 64 bit run fine?
     
  5. celticpride678

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    They should. The only thing you might need to worry about is a few minor driver issues, but on a Mac, no problems.:)
     
  6. macuser154 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, great!

    So there shouldn't be any driver issues? As in, will Apple provide 64 bit ones with Snow Leopard or download or whatever.
     
  7. celticpride678

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    As far as I now, the Mac is already set for 64 bit. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Yes, they should. And yes, 64-bit is VERY reliable/stable/fast.
     
  9. simonpickard macrumors regular

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    Hi there,

    Just a question to those who are saying windows 7 64bit is very stable.
    I was wondering if you could tell me what video drivers you are using?

    Also did you just use the 64bit vista bootcamp drivers under 7? Or are you using anything custom?

    Just asking as I'm finding windows 7 to be great, but I do get a bluescreen every 1-2 days of use or so.
    Also I'm having problems when the macbook pro (17" Unibody) sleeps and then wakes up. It goes back to the "Windows was not shut down correctly" screen.

    Any help would be most welcomed!

    Regards,
    Simon
     
  10. Syonidism macrumors regular

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    i have a vista 32 bit since i heard that 64 bit vista was pretty buggy on my mac(mac 1,1) but since win 7 has been getting pretty good reviews im thinking of getting a 64bit version of win 7. Question is is win 7 RC an upgrade or clean install??? if clean install what should i be aware of??

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  11. steveza macrumors 68000

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    You cannot upgrade from a 32bit OS to a 64bit version. You can upgrade Vista 32bit directly to Windows 7 RC 32bit though.
     
  12. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    OK, something doesn't add up here. How is it that you have such a beast of a machine, yet you don't know the difference between 32 and 64 bit? That thing had to of cost a pretty penny.

    64-bit is what you want, welcome to 2007.
     
  13. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Wow, jerk much?

    I do agree with what you are saying, but still you don't have to be an ass about it. While I like 64bit OSs, driver issues and the like (yes even with Win7) has made me a little weary of them. I understand why TC/OP asked about it.


    I do agree that you should probably go with x64/64bit on your system. You are missing out on 1+GB of RAM running a 32bit OS. Just be careful with your drivers. If you run any unsigned drivers, you will probably run into issues installing them in 64bit Win7 (or 32bit for that matter). MS increased the security on drivers to the point where its next to impossible to get unsigned drivers to work without doing some sorta voodoo to the OS (Example: To get some USBLib drivers installed in Win7 64bit to run RemoteJoyLite [allows you to output PSP display to your PC], I had to force the OS to run in a testing mode that bypasses many security checks and causes some issues with MS apps built into the OS).
     
  14. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    How am I being an ass again? It's a legit question. I could care less what he spends his money on, after all it is their money. If he wants a beast system with those specs, then by all means go for it. I'm not criticizing him for buying it either. Think about it. The guy bought a system that had to have cost at least 3 grand. A casual user would care more about how (READ: how little) money they were spending rather than specs. Where the power user would care more about specs and less about spending more money (why? because he knows the difference). A casual user probably wouldn't know what 32/64 bit is. A casual user wouldn't buy an insane system like this.
     
  15. Reclaim3r macrumors regular

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    It depends on what Mac you're using... I have a MacBook Pro 3,1 and 64 bit is not OFFICIALLY supported, but I still got it to work mostly...

    The newer MacBook Pros and Mac Pros are supported though.
     
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