Archive for May, 2008

Making the most of my memory – x64

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

A few months back Adrian put a small box on my desk. Inside was 8 gigs of RAM and a message: "It's time." Time to go to Vista 64 bit. I resisted. The little box sat on my desk, staring at me for weeks.

I was scared. I was absolutely convinced that I would lose a lot more than I would gain with those 4 extra gigs. So I started out by taking inventory.

As it turned out there would be only one casualty of moving to 64 bit - my Microsoft Fingerprint Reader. This had been the stickler for a long time. Microsoft wouldn't give a clear message on whether they would be creating the software to support the reader on 64 bit. In fact the packaging on the Fingerprint Reader I got Adrian at Christmas gives no indication that it works only on 32 bit Vista! When Microsoft finally came out and said that they weren't ever going to make a 64 bit version there was nothing left to stand in my way!

UPEK Eikon Digital Privacy Manager(Luckily he had found the UPEK Eikon reader, which I think works even better than the Microsoft one, although the software takes a little getting used to.)

Installing Vista 64
Vista 64 needs a full installation (you can't upgrade from 32 bit). Because of this and a lack of time I installed Vista 64 on a new hard drive. The drive with 32 bit OS (and my data) is visible from 64-bit (and vice versa) so choosing which OS I want to use is just a matter of hitting F8 to bring up the boot loader on start up and choosing the appropriate drive. This made it really easy to bring my data across to the 64 bit install, making it a very fast transition overall.

And the extra RAM? It's amazing. My system just flies!

Hardware with 64 bit Vista Drivers
Anyway, here's a list of hardware that I've found works just fine on 64 bit. (Hopefully if you're contemplating making the jump, it might save you some time!)

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