Question in Regards to WIndows 7 64-Bit

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
What issues do I have to envision/anticipate to transitioning to Windows 7 64-bit? Any info from the experts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Question by:mmoya
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    Accepted Solution

    We had two problems...
    - Roaming Profiles and Users which logon to 32 and 64 bit machines (AppData Roaming)
    - Various application which did not run under x64 Win7
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    I have made the transition to 64 bit and have seen very few problem, however the two biggest problems I have seen are with video playback, There some file types that will simply not work in 64bit Win 7. some versions of Mpeg4, and AVI files will simply not play no matter how many codecs you install. The second is that not all printers are compatible with 64 bit. I have a Konica Minolta printer that will not work and is not scheduled to get a 64 bit driver in the near future. Other than that nothing else seems to be a miss.
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    Application compatibility, drivers (if you're upgrading existing machines). The profiles thing can get thorny - particularly if you are using folder re-direction (default in SBS 2003); and the real PIA - printer issues on Terminal Services (an issue only if a mix of 32 and 64-bit machines as clients or server). It's all resolvable, but allow time.
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    Run upgrade advisor will give u info on which software and hardware is compatible in windows 7 64 bit.


    Author Comment

    @merowinger: Can you be more specific what problems you've experienced?

    What about advantages of it?
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    As we use Roaming Profiles we had to split the AppData Roaming Part into two differnet folders on the Network Share, else the data would getting corrupt or overwritten when a user logs on to different win7 architectures.

    Best procedure for the Applications is to test them and to use the Application Compatibilty Toolkit from MS

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