LAN Network Adapter Question

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I need to replace a PCI network adapter in my computer that has Windows 7 64 bit OS installed. My question is, since this is a 64 bit operating system, do I need to get a particular NIC or will it be fine as long as it comes with a driver for Windows 7?
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The concerns in selecting a NIC in a case like this would be:
- will it plug into the style of PCI connectors you have available in the box?
- will it fit in the form factor of the box? (i.e. low profile or not?)
- are there drivers available for the OS for this NIC?
But only from a software point of view, if there is a Windows 7 driver available then I'd still check if it's Win 7 64 compatible.  It likely will be but many of them are separate things i.e. 32 64 and many of them aren't).

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