My old XP laptop has died, and it looks like I’m stuck with Vista. A complicating factor is that the VPN I use sometimes does not run on 64 bit Vista, and won’t for a long time if ever.
I’ve got two options
Buy a 32 bit Vista machine. Plenty seem out there with 3 Gig of memory and decent disks. I can run VPN.
Get a 64 bit Vista (4 Gig memory) and do one of the following.
run my vpn on an X windows Linux emulator. This is claimed as a possible solution, but no one has said they’ve done it yet
Get my XP laptop fixed, give it to my wife for working outside the house, and use it the few times I need the VPN. There is a cheap computer repair place near me.
So, any opinions on 32 bit vs 64 bit Vista? (I know XP is better.) Some stuff I’ve seen claim 64 bit Vista is more stable. Any incompatibility problems with old software? I’ve seen people claim the old driver problem is pretty well solved also.
I need this for a trip next week, so Dell is out. The one Dell machine I saw at Best Buys got bad reviews and seemed underpowered.