Which Vista should I buy, the 32 bit or the 64 bit version?

Philippines
May 26, 2008 8:52pm CST
I recently talked with my brother-in-law about my new laptop and he asked me if I am using Windows XP or Vista? When he learned that I am still using Windows XP he offered to buy me a licensed Vista. I am now puzzled about the versions of Vista to buy: Which would be better, the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version? By the way my laptop is a core duo 64 bit capable with 1gb ram with the latest integrated Intel video(x3100). My brother-in-law is in the US and I am in the Philippines, would it matter if he buy it there and ships it to the Philippines? Also are all New Microsoft VISTA CD's has service pack 1 pre-installed? Thank you...
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@agihcam (1916)
• Philippines
27 May 08
If you are going to produce videos,computer art, or develop programs, then 64 bit systems will be helpful.But if you need the pc just for browsing,typing,small programs or something that not huge activities, then you can save time with 32 bit.
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• Philippines
4 Jun 08
Thanks for the response. I would be running a CAD software, photoshop and maybe some games. I know that AutoCAD (version 2007 and below) would not run in VISTA 32bit, because a friend of mine tried to install AutoCAD 2007 in his VISTA and it would not install.I have not tried Adobe Photoshop 7. I do hope I would not be forced to buy new software for VISTA 64bit, because it would then be an additional expense.
@agihcam (1916)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
I have autocad2006 installed on my vista 32 bit and it is running fine here.So I guess,2007 version will also work in VISTA,maybe it a matter of configurations only in order to work,but not sure yet.
@agihcam (1916)
• Philippines
27 May 08
I was using Vista 32 bit right now.Glad you have planned using vista in the future, it has all everything you need, if you got licensed vista then it is ready to use and automatic updates can be set-up easily so your always updated.I have set-up mine to automatic updates but I have the options to install it or not.This is much secure compare to other OS.Good luck, hope you have it soon.
• Philippines
27 May 08
Thanks for the response. I would like to know if there is any difference between bit Vista and 64bit Vista. Is it significant? Performance wise? Against Virus attacks? Compatibility with my old 32bit applications? Etc....
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
27 May 08
Considering the price of Vista and since your laptop is 64bit, I think it would be much better if you'll go with 64bit version. Sooner or later all software will be design for 64bit and it would be a waste to buy another 64bit if you bought a 32bit now. 64bit transfer and process data twice that of the 32bit, so speed is its main advantage. It doesn't matter where the Vista cd came from as long as it is original, just make sure that it has SP1 bundled with it. SP1 is relatively new I guest so there are still a lot of Vista without it in circulation.
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
Thanks for the tip. Would my present 32bit programs (Office, CAD, Adobe Photoshop, etc) work in vista 64bit?, Or will I have to get the 64 bit versions of these programs.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
I believe they will all run with 64 bit, they wouldn't just take advantage of 64bit technology. The programs would run in compatibility mode though so speed improvement is very little if not at all.
@royaks (66)
• Philippines
8 Jun 08
Office 2003 or 2007, CAD, Adobe Photoshop and all Adobe programs is working on Vista 64bit. In fact, I have that programs in my computer.