Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Choosing Between 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0 (32-bit or 64-bit)
The 64-bit version of Office 2010 requires one of these operating systems:
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Windows Vista SP1 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Windows Server 2008 (64-bit)
Choosing Between 32-Bit and 64-Bit Versions
All editions of Office 2010 (except Starter) are available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. (Retail
boxed copies include both versions, but if you’re purchasing Office online you must make
your selection at the time of download.)
The future of computing is 64 bit, and the 64-bit version of Office offers some distinct
advantages. Most importantly, it enables access to much more memory, which allows you
to work with extremely large files (for example, Excel files larger than 2 GB).
However, there is little to be gained if your files are not humongous, and the 64-bit version
has its own limitations. First, it can be installed only on 64-bit operating systems, as detailed
in the previous section. Many add-ins for Office are not compatible with the 64-bit version,
and you’re more likely to encounter other compatibility problems, such as issues with Visual
Basic for Applications (VBA) macros and with certain ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer.
Furthermore, with some hardware configurations, graphics rendering can be slower on
the 64-bit version. It is for these reasons that Microsoft recommends the 32-bit version for
most users, and it’s that version that’s usually installed by default when you order a new
computer with Office preinstalled.
For a technical discussion of the issues surrounding 64-bit versions of Office, see the
TechNet article at .
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