In the last year, more and more computers have been shipping with 64-bit Windows pre-installed.
A 32-bit version of Windows is required in order to run CROSS Library 1.7.
This is due to the structure of the Library 1.7 software. We will be releasing an update sometime in early-to-mid 2010 to remove this restriction. In simple terms, we will be replacing Library 1.7 with a new system. The new system will be able to import your Library 1.7 database automatically.
In the meantime, if you need to purchase a new computer, you will need to get one with 32-bit Windows installed on it.
So, how to find a 32-bit version of Windows?
Check out the options below. Each solution below offers a good solution depending on your budget, committee recommendations, etc. We will list our recommended options first followed by the more difficult (less recommended) options.
If you are having trouble finding a computer with 32-bit Windows (required for CROSS Library 1.7), you may want to check the following options:
1. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: NETBOOKS are GREAT option and are 40% to 60% cheaper than a regular laptop! Also, ALL Windows netbooks have 32-bit Windows pre-installed! Our testing indicates that any netbook with an Intel Atom processor should be able to run CROSS Library 1.7 just fine.
Recommendations: If you can add Physical Memory (RAM), you may consider doing that. 1GB of RAM is fine for Windows XP 32-bit, but we always recommend as much RAM as possible on ANY computer--simply because it allows your computer to run more efficiently. Windows 7 should be able to run efficiently with about 1GB of Physical Memory (RAM)--just like XP. Netbooks tend to cost about $300 - $350.
2. RECOMMENDED: Consider a standard laptop with Windows Vista 32-bit or Windows 7 32-bit. These can be found for $550 - $700 at Sam's Club or Walmart. From our research, about 30% to 50% of the Sam's Club and Walmart laptops are shipping with 32-bit Windows Vista (as of late September 2009). Be careful to verify that the Windows is 32-bit. You may wish to ask a store representative for assistance. 32-bit systems tend to be a bit less expensive.
3. NOT RECOMMENDED: Next, if you want neither a laptop or a netbook, you may consider a desktop system with 32-bit Windows pre-installed. You may be able to find a desktop with 32-bit Windows at Walmart. HOWEVER, our research shows that about 50% of walmart desktops have 32-bit Windows pre-installed. Again, you may wish to ask a store representative for assistance. We found NO 32-bit Desktop systems Sam's Club or Costco! You may also specify a 32-bit version of Windows when you order a system from Dell. See http://www.dell.com
for more details. NOTE: If you do not have internet at your library, we recommend that you get either a netbook or a laptop instead of a desktop! This will allow you to more-easily move your computer to a internet connection in order to update your software and Windows.
NOTE: This next option is not recommended for the reasons listed as Drawbacks at the link below. Please read everything at the link below very carefully before going with this option.
4. If you or your committee MUST HAVE 64-bit Windows at this time, there is an additional choice: You may purchase a computer with 64-bit Windows and install VMWare's free VMWare Player (a Virtual Machine) that can run a snapshot of your current 32-bit Windows system inside a window. Click here for the basic steps involved to transition your existing 32-bit desktop into VMWare.
CROSS Systems, Inc. Support Team