If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the 64-bit Chrome on Windows, it’s out now and from my experience with the beta channel version it’s quite a bit better.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that the folks at Google want to make the Chrome switch easy. I’ve spent a while this morning attempting to get a computer on the stable release channel moved over to the 64-bit, and it’s starting to look like the way to do that will involve uninstalling Chrome 32 and then installing 64.

If anyone has a different method or I’m missing something, let me know. This is on my boss’s computer and I’m not particularly inclined to risk having to scour through the oddly disorganized landscape that is Google Chrome support forums.

If you’re contemplating upgrading and want to benchmark the results, check out the Peacekeeper Benchmarks page – I think we’d all be interested in seeing the difference between 32 bit and 64-bit if anyone wants to contribute some before and after numbers.

So head on over to the Chrome Download Page, make sure you’ve got 64-bit selected (that link should work, but you never know,) and let us know how it works for you.

I’m still in the beta channel, so if you’ve got any solutions on how to easily switch between 32 and 64 bit let me know. I may just have to bite the bullet and uninstall the old 32-bit.

The only known issues with 64-bit at the moment is it breaks 32-bit NPAPI plugins, so if you’re dependent on those you might have a problem. If you don’t know what those are (I didn’t) you’re probably good to go.