How to Get 64-Bit Color

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According to Apple, "the entire computing industry is moving from 32-bit to 64-bit technology." 64-bit technology provides crisper images and allows applications to utilize more memory for faster performance. However, even as the industry is moving toward 64-bit technology, the transition is not yet complete, and some users who want to make the switch do not quite know how to get 64-bit color on their computers. Luckily, the process is fairly simple; if your computer is new enough to handle 64-bit technology, you can get 64-bit color on your monitor in a few quick steps.

Mac Users

  • Click on the "System Preferences" application.

  • Click on the "Displays" pane. This will show your display settings. According to Apple, the Snow Leopard Operating System utilizes 64-bit technology; however, if you're running an older operating system you will be limited to 32-bit colors and you need to upgrade to Snow Leopard.

  • Set the colors option to "64-bit." Your Mac is now ready for 64-bit color displays. However, keep in mind that some older programs are not 64-bit capable and will still display in 32-bit.

PC Users

  • Make sure your PC is running the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista. Unlike Snow Leopard, which is universally 64-bit, Windows Vista comes in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you do not have the 64-bit edition, you can upgrade; however, keep in mind that your PC will need at least 4GB of memory to support 64-bit functionality.

  • Right-click on the Windows desktop.

  • Click to select "Personalize." This will open a new window.

  • Click on "Display Settings," typically located at the very bottom of the Personalization window.

  • Click on the drop-down menu underneath the "Colors" heading and select "64-bit," then click "OK" to confirm the change to 64-bit. Remember that not all programs are 64-bit capable; some older programs may still display in 32-bit even after you get 64-bit colors.

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