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Premiere Elements is not compatible with 64-bit operating systems.
The good news, though, is that Vista 64 (and likely Windows 7 64) automatically shift into 32-bit compatibility mode in order to run 32-bit programs, so most people running Vista 64 are able to run Premiere Elements.
The bad news is that it's still a 32-bit application. That means it won't run better on a 64-bit systems and that it may have some challenges with 64-bit drivers (such as those for your DVD burner).
I have seen numerous reports of users successfully running Premiere Elements 7 in Windows 7 64 bit and Windows Vista 64 bit in the 32 bit compatibility mode of the 64 bit operating systems. But, check out the AdobeTech Note on the topic:
As for Premiere Elements 4...I know of at least 1 user who claims to be using it successfully in a Vista Ultimate 64 bit operating system. I am sure there are probably more, but I have not come across any more reports for what is now an older version.
Thanks guys for the quick responses.
You're right, everyone that seems to be having trouble seems to be running 64 bit. Is it difficult to change to 32 bit version?
Are you talking about replacing the operating system?
Yes, that's a pretty big deal.
I am a Windows XP SP3 (32 bit) type person and probably will remain such until finances permit.
But, if I had a choice of operating systems, I would probably opt for Windows 7 32 or 64 bit where I would expect less compatibility issues than with Vista. I would still do a lot of homework before changing to a new operating system. If no urgency, wait for the reviews from those adventurous ones taking a first look and reporting on it.
I am with you. I gave up doing beta-testing of OS's years ago. Too much work, for too little gain. In my advanced old-age, I now often wait until the SP-1 release, prior to adapting. Even then, I will spend months reading of others' issues with the programs that I use.
Good luck with the OS situations,
Dumb question, I meant is it easy to make it run in 32 bit mode. I then re-read your earlier post that said that it automatically shifts to 32 bit.
I think waiting might be a good idea, see what happens with Win7.
Thanks again everyone.
As I said, Vista automatically shifts into compatibility mode, so the program generally works fine. The challenge is that it sometimes has trouble interfacing with some of the 64-bit drivers.
Most 64-bit Vista users are able to use the program with few challenges. Although, it might well be wise to just wait out Windows 7 if you can. Advanced word from people who are testing Premiere Elements 7 on it is very good!