The good progenitors, in their archaic but noble ways, decided to buy a laptop to replace the Win95 machine they’ve been using. For reasons beyond my understanding, they purchased an old laptop, a Presario V6000. Now, this thing is about a year old today, but it has an AMD Turion64x2 processor. It reads as a dual core 64bit processor.
However, the version of Windows on this thing is XP 32bit Professional. I haven’t had to deal with 64bit processors so far, but I’m wondering whether I should install XP or Vista 64 on this thing. If all that’s going to do is give it a performance boost, it might be unnecessary.
Is there any reason why plain WinWord-using civilians should use a 64bit OS?
Then most definitely keep it 32-bit. I’m running 64-bit Vista and the one thing I lack is 64-bit printer drivers for my laser printer. Everyone but the printer companies are doing a decent job about providing 64-bit drivers. I have to print through my MacBook Pro.
Compaq nc8430 64-bit Centrino Duo here, provided so nicely by my employers. First thing I did was scrub Vista x64 off of it, and install XP x32 Pro. No hassles, other than I can’t use all of the 4 GB of RAM in the thing.