On Fri, 8 May 2009 12:57:02 -0700, GJB <GJB@xxxxxx>
> I have upgraded by Vista OS from 32 bit to 64 bit.
Exactly how did you do this? You can clean install the 64-bit version,
and replace the 32-bit version with it, but it's not possible to
*upgrade* from 32-bit to 64-bit.
> Can someone please help
> me with a couple of questions here......I am aware that 64 bit will allow me
> more memory usage,
True, but whether that's an advantage to you depends on what apps you
run. For many people, the amount of RAM that the 32-bit version can
use is adequate.
> but what other advantages are there ?
Forgive me for putting it this way, but it seems very strange to ask
this question *after* you install it, rather than before.
> Will it run
> noticeably faster ?
Maybe, maybe not. Here's my standard reply on this subject, cut and
The advantage of running a 64-bit version of Windows basically exists
only if you also run 64-bit applications under it. Bear in mind that
there are very few such applications available yet. If you are
presently running 32-bit Windows, you don't have any 64-bit
applications, so to achieve any advantage, you not only have to
replace Windows, but also your applications, *if* (and that's a big
"if") 64-bit versions exist.
Also note that you will need 64-bit drivers
for all your hardware.
Those drivers may not all be available, especially if some of your
hardware is a few years old. So it's possible that you might also have
to replace things like your printer, scanner, etc.
So the answer to your question is that it may not be a great idea
right now. That will undoubtedly change in the near future, but for
now, 64-bit Windows mostly means some extra trouble and expense for
little or no benefit.
On the other hand, installing 64-bit Windows instead of 32-bit Windows
makes you able to buy 64-bit software as it becomes available, instead
of the older 32-bit versions. That means that installing 64-bit
Windows--even though it may do very little for you at present--puts
you into a better position for the future.
One additional point: the 64-bit version lets you use more than the
approximately 3.1GB of RAM that the 32-bit version can use. Very few
people need or can make effective use of more than 3.1GB, but if you
are one of them, that's something else to consider.
> Also, I have tow program files now ...Program Files, and
> Program Files (x86). What I would like to know is if I can delete the old
> "program files" folder.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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