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32-bit vs. 64-bit systems

I am getting a custom laptop, I only do .net development, I don't play games or download gbs of video/music. I just want a fast computer. Right now in order to get 8gbs of ram I have to have the 64 bit version of 7. I need to know the following: What pitfalls could I encounter. I know a lot of apps out there are not 64 bit apps and only come in 32 bit version. Business Intelligence Development Studio is a good example.

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this site would probably have a lot more users if the admins didnt go around closing every question that is similar and then call it a duplicate –  biladsf Dec 23 '10 at 16:52
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Then explain why your question is not a duplicate –  random Dec 23 '10 at 17:04

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32bit apps run just fine on 64bit windows. About the only reason not to go 64bit is drivers - sometimes you'll have a harder time finding the 64bit driver for your system. As this is a new laptop, that shouldn't be an issue.

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so getting the 32 bit version of visual web developer will probably run just fine then? –  biladsf Dec 23 '10 at 16:49
    
@bil: There isn't a 64-bit version anyway. –  Joey Dec 23 '10 at 17:00

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