Posted 23 October 2009 - 07:55 PM
I have a Dell laptop running Vista Home Premium which the upgrade adviser says is 64 bit capable. If I'm going to go through the hassle of upgrading the O/S, I'd like to get to 64 bit. I have a couple of general questions.
First, 64 bit is primarily for managing RAM over 4GB; my laptop can't handle more than 4GB and it is maxed out right now. (Windows Upgrade Adviser thinks it has 3.5 GB; I >paid< for 4GB!!) Is it worth if if I'm never going to be over 3.5 GB of RAM?
Second, I run a lot of open source / freeware / shareware programs on the laptop, with limited-to-nonexistent support, to the point that I can't tell if they'll run on Win7 or not, and it doesn't look like the support team has even thought of it. Should I (in general) expect them to run on 64 bit as well as on 32 bit, or am I just opening a major can of worms for myself? If something runs on 32 bit Vista Home Premium, should I expect it to run on 64 bit Win 7 Ultimate too?