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I’ve gone 64-bit, and can’t be happier

Posted: Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 by marcus

When I got my new Lenovo T60p Vista rig awhile back, I made the decision to run with the OEM installation of Vista (and all the crapware that came along with it) for as long as I could stand it. I knew this would be somewhat painful, but I often like to do this when using a brand new machine because it helps me better understand some of the end user issues that our customers face.

Now, after I could no longer take the poor performance and system stability issues any longer, I decided to rebuild from scratch. Not only that, but I installed the x64 version of Windows Vista Business. I know a lot of people who are scared of a 64-bit OS on the desktop, but since the release of Vista I have seen lots of positive things about the x64 version, especially from the hardcore ThinkPad users.

After lamenting this for a few days, I jumped in to the 64-bit world head first. Now, nearly a month later, I have to say that I am loving the performance increase I am seeing on this system running the x64 OS. Here is everything that I installed on my system:

Adobe Flash 9 x86 with IE7 x86

Lenovo ThinkVantage Power Manager

Apple Quicktime

Lenovo ThinkVantage Power Mgmt Driver

ATI Catalyst Control Center

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007

ATI Mobility FireGL V5250 v8.383.1.1000

Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007

CutePDF Writer

Microsoft Office LiveMeeting 2007

Diskeeper Professional 2008

Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer 2007

eWallet

Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007

FileZilla Client

Microsoft Silverlight

Foxit Software PDF iFilter

Microsoft Virtual PC 2007

Foxit Software PDF Reader

Mozilla Firefox

Intel Matrix Storage Manager

PuTTy

Intel ® Pro/1000 PL NIC v9.6.8.0 (Microsoft)

Sun Java SE Runtime Environment 6 Update 3 x64

Intel ® Pro/Wireless 3945ABG NIC v11.1.1.16

Trend Micro Client Security

ISO Recorder

Verizon VZAccess for KPC650

Lenovo ThinkVantage Access Connections

VMWare Workstation 6.0

Lenovo ThinkVantage Active Protection Mgr

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Lenovo ThinkVantage Bluetooth

Windows Live Writer

Lenovo ThinkVantage Fingerprint Software

WinRAR

Lenovo ThinkVantage Modem

Zune

My intentions are to update this going forward, and try to document any application issues that I find through my journey. Based on my experience thus far, I have to say that I can’t see any reason to not use the x64 version of Windows if you have a CPU that will allow it.


2 Responses to “I’ve gone 64-bit, and can’t be happier”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Tom,

    I notice you list Verizon’s VZAccess and Microsoft Virtual PC. Have you been able to use the VZAccess network from within a virtual machine?

    I have been trying to get my Virtual PC running XP to recognize the VZAccess network running on my host Vista Ultimate 64Bit. The network runs fine on the host, but is not seen on the vpc…

    Thanks much…

  2. Tom says:

    No, and I must admit that I am not sure why you would need or want to do this. If you are just trying to get your VM internet access through the VZ card, use shared networking and connect on your host system. This should then provide the VM with internet access.

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