And here we are 4 hours after the install, and I have my basic programs re-installed. Once I put in the right display driver, Photoshop CS4 64-bit really zips along.
It still takes too long to boot up and shut down, but not as long as before. Opening and closing programs is a lot faster. It'll probably get slower as I add more apps, but it's definitely faster than when I first installed 32.
Took me a while to put the hack in place which logs me without needing a password. I'd forgotten to write down the exact syntax.
Everything installed a lot faster too. Nice to have 8GB of 1066MHz Ram.