Windows 7

I am preparing to upgrade some workstations in our network to Windows 7.   However, some are older machines and running the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor, it says it will work with 32 bit but not enough RAM for 64 bit.  

Adivse on a good plan of action.   Management won't authorize new computers.   I can maybe add another GB RAM (cost???)   or I can run a mix blend of 32 bit and 64 bit.

Any pros and cons to the mixed blend?
bankwestCTO/CashierAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Jaroslav LatalMSPCommented:
Hello bankwest,
If ou will have mixed blend, the cons are:
1, need 32bit and 64 bit drivers for each printer
2, you will have support requests from 32bit and 64 bit OSs
3, you will need to test apps for 32bit and 64 bit environmenst
4, you will need to solve program files and program files (x86) and registry differences atc.

pros are: you will save money

It depends on how much money RAM costs..


Jarda
0
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
at first, FYI.

32-bit and 64-bit Windows - FAQs
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows-frequently-asked-questions

secondly, be aware that some PCs with 64-bit CPU only support up to 4GB RAM, which basically means has no significant benefits to run 64-bit OS.

lastly, before moving your systems and applications to 64-bit, visit Windows 7 Compatibility Center to make sure your existing applications are compatible with the new OS in 64-bit.
0
bankwestCTO/CashierAuthor Commented:
Another question....I have done the compatability scan for Windows 7 and the minimum requirement says 2GB RAM.   Well, a couple of our machines do have 2GB RAM and no more room for more.  

Will this be a problem?
0
Determine the Perfect Price for Your IT Services

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden with our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Download your free eBook now!

Jaroslav LatalMSPCommented:
You need to tell to manager he must invest few hundreds bucks and buy new computers.

Jarda
0
bankwestCTO/CashierAuthor Commented:
Tried many times to do that.   They don't get it..GRRRRRRRRR
0
Jaroslav LatalMSPCommented:
Try to argue by operational expenses money savings ;)
0
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
doesn't matter, just run the 64-bit W7 on the computers.

if it is OK, then it is OK; otherwise, let your manager operate the slow computers him/herself and it should be his/her turn from then.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows 7

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.