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I have a computer that has a 64-bit capable processor and was thinking about running XP 64-bit instead of the regular XP Pro I'm currently using.  However, none of my applicaitons (as far as I know) are 64-bit apps.  Can I run these apps on the 64-bit version of XP without anything else.

The list of apps I need are:
Office 2003 Pro
Dreamweaver CS3
Acrobat 8.0 Pro
VLC Media Player
Roxio Creator

Can most 32-bit apps run on a 64-bit system?  Also, what about device drivers?  Will I need special drivers for 64-bit?  Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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You will have no problem running 32bit app on a 64bit OS, but device drivers you need 64bit.
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It's a Dell comptuer and according to teh Dell site, there are no 64-bit drivers.  If I buy some peripherals (video, network, and audio) that have 64-bit drivers, will I have a problem installing them and installing teh drivers?  If Dell provides no 64-bit drivers, than does that mean my motherboard can't handle 64-bit capable devices either?
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"If Dell provides no 64-bit drivers, than does that mean my motherboard can't handle 64-bit capable devices either"
well that's no necessarily true. You'd better check the MB manufacture if Dell doesn't have 64bit driver.
But I wouldn't suggest using 64bit OS if Dell doesn't provide 64bit drivers. Unless you really really want to use the 64bit os, then you can try find out from all the device manufacture if they have 64bit driver. (that's very time consumming, and sometimes, impossible)
why do you need 64bit OS? can you buy another 64bit machine if you really need the 64bit os?
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I'm running a lot of graphics programs.  Everything slows down when I'm running Dreamweaver.  Maybe I'm just stubborn and have too many things open at the same time, but I'll have Outlook, our ERP program, Photoshop and Dreamweaver all open at the same time and get memory low warnings regularly.  I've bought some more memory to bump my system up from 2 GB to 4 GB.  So I'm trying to figure out ways to increase performance.

Also, our engineering guy uses AutoCAD and various CAD programs throughout the day and could use some more performance.  Maybe it's better just to get a new computer that already has 64-bit capabilities?
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right question flyingsky !!!
"why do you need 64bit OS?"
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My experience with those applications is, they run better on workstations, not just regually pc.
If you are thinking of using 4G or more RAM, then you need a 64bit machine. and I think you are right, "it's better just to get a new computer that already has 64-bit capabilities"
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What's your opinion on the Dell Precisions?  I'm pricing out some of the T5400 options.  Any experience with them?  Good, bad, heard from others?
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We made goog experience with DELL Precsion workstations running Windows XP x64.
One thing to look at first are the printer drivers.
Check the websites of your printer manufacturers, wheter or not they have 64 bit printer drivers.
One problem with software we faced is ...
For 64bit Explorer you can not use the SEND TO .... mail recipient of your Outlook client.
see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;895561
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I have only used Dell Precision Mobile workstations, they are good.
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