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    Yes, 64bit relates to hardware. Specifically the processor. It process 64 bits at a time.

    I did a little research an apparently you can install a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit processor machine. But you will lose some performance. The main reason is one that I already knew. You can only use 4GB of RAM at a time. This does not mean that you cannot have more RAM on your system, but it means an application can only address 4GB of memory. This is still alot, especially for a 32 bit application. Keep in mind, that by default Windows reserves 2GB of memory for any applicatoin for kernel operations and 2GB for application memory. You can change this setting (on a server anyway) and tell windows to use 3GB for application memory and 1GB for kernel operations.

    I wouldn't worry about this unless this killer keyboard software is a memory hog. Also, since this is a 32bit app, I would imagine that it will do fine with only 4GB of memory.

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    Didn't you have an older desktop before this one you built yourself? If you still have 32-bit XP, you could run that. Going to a 32-bit version of Vista is a perfectly viable option too, but I think you can do it for cheaper. If you're feeling really handy, Brokken's idea of running an emulator might work too, but it depends a lot on how efficiently the virtual machine handles bus operations if you're concerned with disk speed.
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    PS - Which model of Axiom is this? Here is a link claiming a successful install of an Axiom using Vista's default drivers as early as 2007. But then I found another more recent account that kind of says the opposite, but maybe it's specific to using an Axiom with Reason.
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    I can install the M-Audio (64 key Axiom) on my Vista 32 bit laptop with a downloaded driver from M-Audio's site, but neither the keyboard nor the software will install on 64 bit XP or 64 bit Vista.

    If it's only different because of RAM allocation I do actually only have 4 GB of 800mhz RAM on the desktop anyway.

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    Have you tried just plugging it into your computer and using the New Hardware Wizard? Skip the M-Audio driver altogether. That's what apparently worked for the guy in the first link I posted.
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    The thing is, even if the hardware gets recognized, the audio itself won't work since it's all generated in the sound creation software (Absynth 4, Massive, FM8) which doesn't install to 64 bit. The drive won't even recognize the disks as being in the tray it just says "no disk". Same goes for the Imagine FX magazine's "free" monthly DVD Rom. I have to browse that on the 32 bit laptop. Then there are other DVD Roms & software have no problem installing on 64 bit, even old stuff. Internet Explorer really blows on the 64 bit desktop that's why I use Firefox. I like FF way better now but originally it was out of necessity that I used it.

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