Is there any great advantage to loading 64bit from scratch? I have 4GB installed, and of course can only see 3GB currently. All programs and hardware are compatible per Windows Upgrade Advisor. I haven't done a clean install on my pc in a few years, and I remember it being a huge pain to re-install all programs and settings. Should I just go with the 32bit version?
The only other concern is that my A55 came with Office 2007 Pro installed and if I do a full install on Win7 64bit, I'll lose that, which would be very expensive to replace.
I've found drivers to be very very solid on win 7 or vista x64 (since both are are 95% interchangeable, I mention both). I have had no issue with software or hardware compatibility in any way.
I'd go x64. Actually, I did with both vista and win 7. I never looked back.
As for clean install, everything will run better, plus you can tweak everything from a stock OS to get the most performance out of your machine. How long does it really take to reinstall everything anyways?
I'd go x64.
Edit: Depending on how much ram you eventually want to have, if you can drop another 4 gigs in there and that won't break the bank, you can run without a page file and see a performance boost. I've never used more than 4gigs of ram unless I'm benchmarking.
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I've never actually run Windows 7 x84 or x64 before, but hey, I have a copy of Windows 7 Pro downstairs and maybe in the future, I'll be able to install it. If I do, then I'll be installing 64 bit edition. Windows 7 and Vista are in some ways, very much alike from what I can gather.
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