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Vista 64 and UAC

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I’ve just rebuilt my main development machine with 64 bit Vista on a quad core. So far I haven’t had any glitches with drivers and I have all of my core development tools installed.

I went through this process a year ago and it was definitely more frustrating then. 

UAC isn’t quite as annoying as it was a year ago either. Before it seemed that every important action I would take would prompt another popup. So either I’m being slow boiled to accept UAC or I’m just more patient and receptive to the security feature now.

Anyway, 64 bit Vista has been a good experience this time around and I can use all 4G of RAM with out the 32 bit limitation.


Written by Chris Sutton

July 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

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  1. Are any of your development tools 64-bit versions or all the same as you would install on a 32-bit system?

    Sergio Pereira

    July 25, 2008 at 1:19 pm

  2. @Sergio,

    I intalled 64 bit SQL 2005. The Studio 2008 disk says its for 32 and 64 bit installs, but there isn’t an option to pick one over the other when you do the actual install. It looks like it installed mainly to “Program Files (x86)” but some files went under “Program Files”. It seems that there are x64 capabilities.


    Chris Sutton

    July 26, 2008 at 8:02 am

  3. Chris,

    You should check to see if you can run 2008 with hyper-v. I used the vista x64 drivers on my laptop for any that weren’t recognized. I love it, besides the 4gb helps alot.


    Mark Kola

    July 28, 2008 at 7:39 am

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