[Athen] 64-bit and AT

Al Puzzuoli alpuzz at msu.edu
Thu Jan 29 13:00:32 PST 2015

64 bit is really the way to go in order to future proof yourself. There are already some software packages, such as current versions of Adobe Creative Suite, which will only run on 64 bit systems. The biggest downside to 64 bit is that you may lose driver support for some older devices, such as printers, scanners, etc. In our lab, we are running Windows 8.1 X64. The software we are using includes Jaws 16, NVDA, Zoomtext 10.1, and Kurzweil 3000 version 13. We have had no issues related to Windows 8.1 or the 64 bit environment.

Al Puzzuoli
Information Technologist
Michigan State University,
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, 120 Bessey Hall East Lansing, MI 48824-1033

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:40 PM
To: gdietrich at htctu.net; Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] 64-bit and AT

64 bit is fine, though Windows 8 can be a problem since the AT vendors have not been keeping up.

Ron Stewart

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, Gaeir Dietrich <gdietrich at htctu.net<mailto:gdietrich at htctu.net>> wrote:
Hi all!

We are getting ready to install a new Windows OS in our lab and are debating the pros and cons of 32-bit vs 64-bit. Any feedback on issues with AT if we go to 64-bit? We will be using the current versions of the programs. Thanks!

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
408-996-6047 or 408-996-4636
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