64-bit computing is becoming
more and more mainstream, side by side with OEM’s and system builders
increasing product capability by including more system memory. Most 64-bit
processors can run 32-bit code fast so you will find that most system builders
are still shipping 32-bit Windows operating systems by default.
So what’s all the fuss about? It's
true that 64-bit Windows Vista includes more fundamental security technologies
to protect your computer
from malware and other attacks, some of these technologies include Kernel Patch Protection (also known as
"PatchGuard"), Kernel Mode
Driver Signing, and Address
Space Layout Randomization (ASLR):
How do you determine if Windows
Vista 64-bit is right for you? Kristan Kenney has written an article on the
guidelines for selecting Vista versions and what will apply for you.