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My granddaughter as just got a new laptop with windows7 64 bit, Will printers etc work ok or does she need to buy new, I expect it may be a matter of different drivers but i just do not understand the difference between 32 & 64 bit, Why have they changed from 32 to 64 any way, I have noticed that you can get specific software on the freeware sites, thanks.
 

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Some of the older printers will not work as drivers hadn't been created for the 64 bit version.
As far as applications themselves...64 will run most 32 bit applications.

64 allows for the installation of more memory for one....32 usually only recognizes a little over 3 gigs..results vary a little..Technically the limit is 4 however but with 4 gigs a little over 3 or to 3 and a half are usable.
64 can take several gigs..it is dependent upon the machine itself ..some people are running 8 gigs.

Some applications can make better use of a 64 system..these are typically very large applications that use alot of memory....64 uses memory differently and it is able to communicate with a larger "highway" making it a better choice for such applications
 

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Thanks to you both etaf and aka Brett, i get the picture a bit better now, She as 4gig of ram, as for the printer it is only two weeks old, i am not sure of the make and model and as she only got the laptop today i told her to get used to it before she installed her printer, external drive and external dvd writer etc as she is not used to w7 etc and its a lot to take in at once, she is twelve but very good on vista and xp, she as home work daily on the net and of course she connects straight to her school, thanks for your help.
 

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If she is good on vista she will have 7 mastered pretty fast as well.
The printer should work....it would be rare if it didn't at 2 weeks old..I think all have 64 bit drivers available now that are being manufactured..
Some printers want you to install the software before plugging in to the usb port.
I would read the documentation for the model before plugging it in just to make sure
 

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its amazing how quickly these youngsters pick PCs up ......
So as aka brett says - if shes already used vista then windows 7 will be mastered in an hour .......

I suspect she will be using facebook / MSN etc etc - so I would make sure she has anti virus installed & malware, I have had to fix 3 machines this week, with problems from facebook on kids PCs

I suspect the new machine, came with a version which will run out in 30/60/90 days, Norton or Mcafee or kaspersky - each of those will want a subscription fee to continue to protect the PC. if you want to continue to be protected - nothing wrong with that if you pay the annual fee.

There are also free version available
I'm not an Guru at this stuff , but heres my opinion, if you look at the security forum, or post a question there, you will get very good advice

Avast - i use this for all my friends and family
http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download - to download the file
Free Registration for an annual key
http://www.avast.com/en-gb/registration-free-antivirus.php

AntiVir
http://www.free-av.com/
http://www.filehippo.com/download_antivir/

AVG
http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage

Two other programs to have
Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php and superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

I think windows defender may also be running on windows 7 be default anyway


For the printer, which I think you may be needing sooner than later - goto the manufacturers website, look for a support link - most are called support - click on that and you will be asked for the model - put the exact model in and you should find windows 7 64bit drivers.
as aka brett said DON'T plug the printer in - once the driver is downloaded, you should just be able to double click on the file to start install - it will then then run and tell you when to plugin - or that it cannot find the printer and to plug it in and retry.
 
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