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Windows 7: If you are still not using 64-bit operating systems you should read

06 Nov 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 
If you are still not using 64-bit operating systems you should read

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From time to time I meet customers that are using older operating systems that are not 64-bit. Before I go any further let me give you the perspective:
· X86 Platform: This is the original PC platform that we used to use back in 1980’s. It has a maximum support for 4 GB RAM.
· I64 Platform (Itanium): This is the 64-bit platform which appeared first on stage and was modeled after a different architecture. It has support for much higher memory but is only available on expensive hardware. Due to architectural differences it needs to emulate x86 instructions in software and old applications written for x86 run much slower.
· X64 Platform: This is the 64-bit platform that has now become mainstream. It is using a similar architecture with x86 and can run older applications on hardware. It does support much higher memory. The rest of this blog this is the platform that I will refer to when I use 64-bit.
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08 Nov 2010   #2
wilywombat

win7
 
 

Understood, but to change to 64bit because some people have and prefer it, does not mean that all want to or should. Some organisations have 32 bit bespoke software running and upgrading to 64bit would incur large cost for software re-writes let alone upgrading the hardware. As far as I can see, there is not much to be gained by the average family joe who doesn't need the power and amounts of RAM that a 64 bit windows sytem would give them the ability to run.
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08 Nov 2010   #3
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wilywombat View Post
Understood, but to change to 64bit because some people have and prefer it, does not mean that all want to or should. Some organisations have 32 bit bespoke software running and upgrading to 64bit would incur large cost for software re-writes let alone upgrading the hardware. As far as I can see, there is not much to be gained by the average family joe who doesn't need the power and amounts of RAM that a 64 bit windows sytem would give them the ability to run.
This very true, our company is still running XP and none of our machines exceed 2GB of Ram especially as all our machines run Core 2.

And yes, 70% of our software is bespoke and would definitely cost lots of money to re-write.

It's alright saying Companies should upgrade to 64bit OS's, but if there is no need or call, then where is the justification!

Lucky
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08 Nov 2010   #4
swarfega

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

This is why you have virtualisation. To easy the pain of transition until such time you are ready to go fully 64-bit when the day arrives when 32-bit is no longer fully supported.
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08 Nov 2010   #5
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Then there are those of us who tried to get x64 at time of purchase and were told by Dell that 7 Pro was only available in x86. To get x64 I would have had to go to Ultimate and I didn't want to spend the extra money This was back in Dec 09.
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08 Nov 2010   #6
Fayla

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Business will probably still be using 32 bit systems for many years to come, but consumers will most likely make the switch sooner. I'm already running my computer with Win 7 Pro 64 bit all 64 bit drivers, 64 bit Firefox, 64 bit flash player and more.
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08 Nov 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I run both (on different system) but my excitement for x64 is measured. I have a hard time to find an advantage but there are a few downsides with x64 - e.g. a couple of my pet applications do not run on x64. At this time, I fail to see the advantage of x64 for systems up to 4GBs of RAM.
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08 Nov 2010   #8
GranPaSmurf

Win 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Recently added Win7 Professional 64 to a machine in my home network. Just added XP Mode. So far I see improvement or equal to XP Pro on the same machine. Sure, it has been a learning experience, but I kinda' think that is fun. The posts above reminded me of this quote:“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” This quotation is mis-attributed to Bill Gates.
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08 Nov 2010   #9
wilywombat

win7
 
 

@GranPaSmurf, We aren't saying the old “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” What we are saying is that, unless you need the extra RAM for graphics intensive design work or high end gaming ( which can be taken care of by a high end graphics card anyway), there are sufficient reasons why it is not necessarily a good move to go 64bit " just because we can". Good to hear you enjoyed the experience of upgrading but I wouldn't do it just to be able to say "I can run XP Pro" through a virtual machine. After all I can run most software on my 32 bit system or use a compatability mode if I run into difficulty.
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08 Nov 2010   #10
GranPaSmurf

Win 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Of course, you are absolutely correct.
As for me it's a bit more like Sir. Edmund Hillary climbing Everest, "because it's there." I don't game, but I do dabble in a bit of graphics, build a few custom websites & frequently edit videos. So this is my workhorse machine that I try to keep the playtime stuff off. Win7 64 Professional seemed like a good move at the time, & I am still satisfied with the decision. I don't mind running a few of my older programs in XP Mode.
Besides, I kinda' enjoy being the antithesis of the old guy who can't spell IBM. I kinda' enjoy it when my co-workers and my grandkids, even the college aged ones, come to me for computer help and/or repair.
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