Vista x86 or x64 version?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by twerk, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. twerk macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2007
    im going to install vista on my macbook pro

    2.2 ghz
    160 hdd
    the previous base model

    what vista is best x86 or x64 :S
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    How much RAM do you have? 32 bit is probably best.
  3. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Have access to the 64-bit drivers?

    If not, then you'll be using 32-bit Vista.
  4. wgilles macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    Well if you have a new MBP you can use the disc that came with your computer for drivers...also, what are you using the computer for?
  5. a456 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2005
    Unless you want the "Vista Experience", good and bad, I'd stick with XP. It should fill any gaps that you might find.
  6. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2008
    In the boot camp user guide on it states that you should not use the 64-bit version of windows vista.
  7. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    If you ahve more then 3GB ram, go with x64. If you have 3GB or less, use x86. Simple as that.
  8. twerk thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2007
    i wanna use it for just casual use nothing too "vista blowing"
    my friends are bugging me cause i dont have it installed on my mbp yet lol

    i have less than 3gb of ram so ill go with the 32-bit x86 thanks
  9. ChadJK macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Gretna, Nebraska USA
    Must Use 32-bit Windows with BootCamp

    64-bit version of Windows do NOT work with BootCamp. A couple of the drivers and required services will fail during install if you're using 64-bit Windows.

    Use 32-bit Windows with BootCamp.
  10. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    Not strictly true. Vista x64 is supported in boot camp if you have a recent MBP or Mac Pro install CD. The required drivers are included on that disc.
  11. mkrad macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2008
    Midwest, USA
    I am running Vista x64 on separate hard drive boot camp partition and it works fine. All necessary 64 bit drivers are on the Mac Pro install DVD #2. Sees all 16 GB RAM. Runs FSX wonderfully. It wasn't terribly hard to set up.
  12. NKA macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2008
    I've been running Vista x64 for about a week. All the drivers work. And I have not had any real problems with any apps incl. Office 2007, Visual Studio 2008, Photoshop 7, VMWare Workstation 6, VB6 WinRar, and loads of utilites. One thing to note is that VMWare's fusion does does not support running the Vista x64 bootcamp partition. I did get it to work with some hacks, but it was a bit to slow and many of the x64 fusion drivers were missing. Hopefully this will be addressed in the next version.

    Also note, if some apps crash when starting, then you may need to add them to the DEP Date Execution List, or turn DEP off. DEP is in System Properties>>Performance, (I'm in OSX at the mow, and I cannot remember the exact location:rolleyes:)

    The MacBookPro keyboard has been the worst problem for me.
  13. JeffTL macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    I have the exact same computer, and have been running Vista Ultimate x86 on it without any problems. It's best to go with what the drivers will work with for sure.
  14. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Definitely 64bit for games, its just as fast as XP is in that area. If not games then probably 32bit so all the crappy freeware stuff is more compatible.
  15. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I found games to be slower in Vista regardless if its 64 bit or 32bit. If you're running a game optimized for 64bit, then you'll see an improvment, otherwise, its sometimes slower.
  16. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006

    These days they are pretty much the same. The reason I would suggest 64 is because Crysis has a 64bit version thats faster than 32bit and more future games will have 64bit versions so its good to future proof yourself.

    Some games perform a little slower in vista but it looks like a good majority of them are basically exactly the same. Vista has come a long way since it was released a year ago.
  17. bobmarley11 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2008
    can someone clarify if the only difference between the 32 and 64 bit versions is how much ram is available?

    I have noticed on windows xp 32 bit that only 50% of the cpu is used maximum. I am guessing the 64bit windows would unlock the other 50% since it is a intel core 2 duo??

    I was going to install vista 64 or xp 64, but I am confused about the driver issues. I have the same computer as the original poster.
  18. Trainwreck707 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    I'm not sure how available XP Pro x64 drivers are for a MacBook Pro. I have a new Mac Pro and I found the XP Pro x64 drivers pretty easy to find and install. If you do install XP Pro x64, make sure you have the ethernet card driver ready so you can use the internet to find the other drivers!

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