32 bit apps on Vista 64

By lopdog
Oct 22, 2007
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  1. I´ve read the "Choosing the right one" Vista guide, and it has a lot of information. But I still have a simple question:
    How will my 32 bit applications run on Vista 64? I know they are compatible, but will they run slower or faster than on Vista 32?
    My system will be a Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4 with 4 gb ram.
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    i think that some programs will work ok on a 64 bit OS but things like anti virus etc you should try and get a 64 bit version if you can
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    They run at the same speed.

    Only ones that install some drivers (like antivirus / firewall applications) require a 64-bit version to work.
  4. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 378

    Firewall

    Thanks, can you recommend any good firewall for Vista x64? Or is the Windows firewall good enough?
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    I know only of one 3rd party firewall for Vista x64, Agnitum Outpost Pro 2008. I tried the demo and uninstalled it quite quickly, didn't like it.

    For me, Vista's own firewall is good enough, but I've disabled unnecessary services, disabled file and printer sharing etc., and my ADSL modem has a firewall as well.

    There's also Vista Firewall Control, but I haven't tried it.
  6. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    i have vista x86 and only use its built in firewall

    as long as you have anti virus and anti spyware software then you should be ok :)
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,194   +228

    Vista's built in firewall is quite granular - I think you'd be surprised if not overwhelmed. Keep in mind to gain full control over the firewall you'll have to open the mmc snap-in.
  8. archie123

    archie123 Newcomer, in training Posts: 16

    yep i have home premium 64 bit and the firewall has passed every test ive thrown at it , it goes well with NOD32 if your interested , the firewall is also very configarable (is that a word??) but not too user friendly (you have to find it first ;0) )
  9. lopdog

    lopdog TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 378

    Yes, I love NOD32, it detects most new viruses and doesn´t use to much memory. What version would be compatible with Vista x64?
  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    http://www.eset.com/products/windows.php#system
    I guess that one :p
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