Re: Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit

Crystal French

Thanks, Steve, for the link to the FAQ's. I'm going to go read this.

i was afraid this would be complicated.

From what you guys are saying it looks like my equipment such as my Juliet
Pro embosser will have to be considered.



----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve" <>
To: "The Jaws for Windows support list." <>
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit


There's a lot to consider, I don't think it is as simple as your tech leads you to believe.

You can run a 32-bit version of Windows 7 on a 64-bit capable CPU. But, if you then decide to upgrade to a 64-bit version of windows, you'll need to backup your files and do a custom installation. Because of the added benefits of being able to utilize more memory, unless you have a specific reason where you need to stay with a 32-bit version, it just doesn't make much sense. Most existing applications will work with Win 7 64-bit edition. If an older app won't work, I'd be very amazed if it would work with any version of Windows 7 at all. I think the only alternative for getting an app that won't work in Win 7 at all to work would be to get Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate and run it in Xp Mode. You may need to run a different screen-reader like NVDA in XP mode, I seem to recall that there were some difficulties running Jaws in XP mode in Win 7 professional. Now, you may have some older hardware that may have Win 7 32-bit drivers but not 64-bit drivers, in that case, you may want to stick with Win 7 32-bit edition.

Here is an FAQ from Microsoft which covers the differences between 32 and 64 bit editions

To address your tech's claim about being able to upgrade a 32-bit machine to 64-bit, this is correct if and only if you have a 64-bit capable CPU. You can see if you do under the system performance tab in Vista or Win 7, or if you use XP, just right-click the my computer icon and look under properties. It will say 64-bit capable if it is.

Take my advice, I don't use it anyway.

Lansing, MI

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrian Spratt" <>
To: "'The Jaws for Windows support list.'" <>
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:37 PM
Subject: RE: Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit

Hi, Crystal.

I also haven't upgraded to Windows 7, but I've been gathering ideas for
when the time comes. Judging by what I've read and heard, we may not
experience a big difference at this time with 64-bit, but clearly it's the
way of the future, alongside Windows 7. Several listers voiced concern that
some older applications that haven't been updated for years won't function
on a 64-bit machine. I think of those useful little programs at Debbie
Scales' website. In my case, my prize computer component is a Dectalk Plus.
Some listers indicate that it should work on a 64-bit machine, but no one
using a 64-bit machine with the Dectalk has posted confirmation.

My tech consultant says that a 32-bit machine can be upgraded to 64-bit. He
has never misinformed me, so I take this statement to be true, but I don't
recall anyone posting about doing such an upgrade on the list.

Based on these considerations, when the time for me to go Windows 7 arrives,
I plan to install the 32-bit version with a view to upgrading to 64-bit when

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Crystal French
Sent: Saturday, July 30, 2011 5:00 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Subject: Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit

I have Jaws 12, but have reverted to Jaws 11 as 12 was crashing too often.

I'm afraid I need to think seriously about a new computer.

I'm still with XP Home.

Can someone tell me what would be the major difference between Windows 7 32
bit or 64 bit?


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