64/32 Bit Office? Any personal experience?

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  1. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    #1 donalgodon, Jul 31, 2010
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    Having read the info I could find online, I see that the 64/32 Bit Office 2010 debate hinges on memory requirements and possible 3rd party plug in problems, but I'm wondering if the 64 bit version will be a better choice since:

    1) I'm running 64 bit Windows 7 and
    2) I don't use any third party plug-ins and
    3) I have 4GB of memory installed, but I don't use files over 2GB in size.

    Would I notice any improvements in speed, etc.? or is the 32 bit default install still the best way to go?

    Thanks for any insight offered.
     
  2. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
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    Even MS recommend using the 32bit version on a 64bit machine. Its really not worth it unless you are processing massive spreadsheets etc.. There certainly wont be any noticeable difference.
     
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  3. flare4000

    flare4000 MDL Senior Member

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    32bit is the way to go since 64bit is a resource hog.
     
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  4. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  5. DARKOR04

    DARKOR04 MDL Tester/Developer

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    I recommend 32bit no matter if you have a 64Bit system because office 64 Bit has issues with plugins or something even M$ recommends 32
     
  6. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
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    Most welcome. The funny thing about 64bit, is that users dont generally see a massive performance increase across the board. IMHO. ;)
    I think the main advantage is memory addressing.
     
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  7. myhken

    myhken Experienced MDL Tester

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    I'm using 32bit on my 64bit computers, I have tried Office 2010 64bit on one computer, did not feel any different. But since Microsoft recommend using the 32bit version, I'm doing just that.
     
  8. WCCobra

    WCCobra MDL Junior Member

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    I'm using the 64 bit version. I don't use any extensions or add-ons so no worries there (that was Microsoft's biggest issue). No noticeable difference between the two versions. I just feel that a 64 bit OS should run 64 bit apps when they are available. How else are we going to convince the developers to get with the program already.
     
  9. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    Using 64 bit just for the trend part (latest). Not much improvement that can be seen over 32 bit but not much harm either. I also read that my preferred method of activation works best with both 64 bit platforms (Windows and office).
     
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  10. C-Link

    C-Link MDL Novice

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    If you need plugins for Office -> 32-bit
    Else -> 32-bit or 64-bit, any of the two will do just fine.
     
  11. Anakunda

    Anakunda MDL Senior Member

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    I don't see a plugins is so big issue. Using x64 and quick try showed toolbars and addons added by 32bit software are working. At the same time complex equations are working in Word x64 unlike MS claims to not to work.
     
  12. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Interesting. What else have you noticed compared with the 32 bit version?
     
  13. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    What happens with programs that use office?
    The only example I can give is mathcad. You can copy a table or graph directly from excel or word and then the office ribbon shows inside the mathcad window to edit the table/graph. Will this still work with x64?
     
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  14. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    I have found that the x64 version is actually faster overall but the one issue is the addon support. I am sure that in the future companies will make x64 addons just like they made x64 AV/IS programs but as of rite now most are x32 only.
     
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  15. burfadel

    burfadel MDL EXE>MSP/CAB

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    How many people actually use addons for Office? If you ask around you'll probably find the normal user doesn't!

    Most addons that are 32-bit only would be older addons carried over from Office 2007. If new addons are released that are 32 bit only then its the releasing parties lazyness that is causing the problem!

    Microsoft only recommends 32-bit over the 64-bit version purely so people can't blame them if an addon doesn't work. Since for most people this isn't an issue, 64-bit is the way to go.
     
  16. sam3971

    sam3971 MDL Guru

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    Well, I personally use the norton antispam addon that comes with NIS 2011 beta, the acrobat addon for word that comes with acrobat 9 pro and something else that I cannot remember lol
     
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