at work we use MACs which are 64bit and we are running CS5, CS5.5, CS6, and CC (aka CS7)--at home I have 2 PCs running 32 bit systems--I can open files from work at home and vice versa (my home computers are machines that I built and the apps that I've acquired are all 32bit--doesn't seem necessary to upgrade apps and it would cost a bundle to upgrade my machines-new motherboard, new ram, etc--so I stay with the 32bit windows OS's) ...besides--there is nothing in CS6 that I need at home, so am sticking with CS5-- but that's my personal preference. Also, if needed, I can remote login to my work machine to use ALL the newer apps.
Good luck with your process...am out
Oh this keeps sounding better and better ..
last question I should have included before ....
I will continue to have Windows XP on my 32 bit with the upgraded CS6 Illustrator .... the workhorse printer
on the new machine ... Windows 7 64 bit full CS6 suite .... the future design creation machine
still no problem correct ?
thanks again , and thanks for the addtional response ...
1.where are you going to get a 'new' machine with Win7 on it? almost all 'new' machines come with Win8.
2. am not sure that CS6 will run on XP (online info indicates that it will) but some of the CS6 installers could choke when trying to upgrade an XP machine--(solution--no need to upgrade to CS6 on the XP macine-if you're buying CS6 for the Win7 machine).
3. are your machines going to be networked together?
4. depending on how old your 'workhorse' printer is...there may not be 64bit drivers available for it!
finally--IF you network your machines--you can simply 'share' the printer that's connected to the XP machine and you should be able to print to it from the Win7 machine.
I'm having the machine specially made .. my current one HP Tower is 10 years old (and it has served me well) ...I think this new one will be elite 8300 tower
my first questions were to support .. who did say the After Effects in CS6 is not backward compatible thats ok
the machines will NOT network. Old is headed up to the guest bedroom/office to hook to a brand new epson ink jet so my fabric patterns will not have ribboning as HP inkjets are known to do
I was only going to upgrade the Illustrator for that is the main files holding old and future new patterns ... but I like your idea of try new machine first ... and if I have to upgrade old machine after ....
thank you again .. you have answered all my questions ... and I am much more comfortable with my decisions and purchasing action