I get a lot of crashes with Win 32 bit. So many I find myself wishing I'd stuck with XP. But, that said, should I update my version to 64 bit? Are there any real advantages to it, especially now that WD has announced it found a way around the 2 TB hard drive limit?
I just worry that so many of my old games that I install and never play I won't be able to play.
I'd appreciate you guys' feedback on this.
Also, with the exception of Fallout 3, a lot of the crashes do seem to be related to Steam. I hate Steam. Oh well.
On the bright side I did finally manage to finish Portal. The ending--from the point I got outside the tests--made all the rest of it worthwhile. Amazing that it was a fan creation.
I have Win 7 64 bit and it doesn't seem very stable for gaming. That said, it seems to like some games better than others. I replayed Gothic 2 on my new computer and it was as stable as a rock and it could be considered an old (or older) game. Fallout 3 and this Oblivion mod, Nehrim, on the other hand are crash prone, esp. Nehrim. The mod could just be a flawed product, after all it's free and fan made so no biggie. But Fallout 3 had its issues as well. Other than gaming though, the OS works great. Hopefully there will be a big upgrade soon to address some of this. The last version of XP was rock solid.
I use Win 7 64-bit with no problems whatsoever. I have not done much gaming with it, though. A Farewell to Dragons is the only "big" game I've put any time into. I've played lots of casual and logic games, and all of my productivity software runs flawlessly, or at least the problems are all unrelated to the Windows version. You have to have a lot of RAM, though, like at least 4 GB. (My computer has 8 GB.) My son tried it on his laptop with 2 GB shared and couldn't even get it to boot up, but the 32-bit version works well for him.
I also use it and have had no serious problems at all, but I can't really say about older games. If you have space on your system you may want to look into a dual boot configuration for the older stuff, or at least a DOSbox type of app that'll run those things natively.
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