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Windows 7: Nearly half of Windows 7 installations are 64-bit

11 Jul 2010   #31
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorn8369 View Post

I say Windows 8 (or a special Windows 7.5 edition) should be released as 64 bit only OS. It has it's advantages to such a gamble, however, a gamble that would strongly rely on the hardware manufacturers releasing good quality drivers.
Say hello to Vista mark 2.... you force 64 bit on people, people are going to whinge.

Personally, I agree with you that it would be a good move to make. Look at the whole XP thing, MS are just saying flat out "No. We're not making our products for it any more" (IE9) in an effort to drag people kicking and screaming into 2010. Look how many people are still clinging on though. Not even people who are just saying "XP does the job, I don't need anything else" its people saying "XP is the best OS ever and I will never upgrade, MS have broken Vista and Win 7" despite having never ever tried it! I think that when (and it is when) MS drop 32 bit support, you will see the same thing happen again.


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11 Jul 2010   #32
EpicThorn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

I get what you mean 100% Severed. It's ridiculous the way people are clinging onto WinXP. And the failure of Vista was not entirely Microsofts fault, sadly though, the only people that can understand that point are in the industry.
Windows 7 was a massive reprieve for Microsoft, however, an incentive program may be required to get the WinXP users out of the stone age.
Windows 7 will eventually be the new WinXP in terms of user base not wanting to change.

Thorn
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11 Jul 2010   #33
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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Windows 7 will eventually be the new WinXP in terms of user base not wanting to change.

Thorn
I may well be one of those people I was just bashing if Windows 8 goes cloud based
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11 Jul 2010   #34
EpicThorn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Well word on the grapevine says that Win8 will be cloud based, and Microsoft are firm on such desires to keep it so.
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11 Jul 2010   #35
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorn8369 View Post
Windows 7 will eventually be the new WinXP in terms of user base not wanting to change.

Thorn
I may well be one of those people I was just bashing if Windows 8 goes cloud based
I hear you, Martin; I will be one of those, too.
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11 Jul 2010   #36
EpicThorn

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

What do we know of the Pros/Cons of a having a full cloud based OS? All that "cloud" based bullshit is not really of interest to me, perhaps it is a good time to do some reading on it.
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12 Jul 2010   #37
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorn8369 View Post
Windows 7 will eventually be the new WinXP in terms of user base not wanting to change.

Thorn
I may well be one of those people I was just bashing if Windows 8 goes cloud based
I'm with you on that one. Not really excited about having everything on the web.

MS will have another Vista like bad reception if it's only cloud based.


Back on topic,

It's time to move to 64 bit. I've been using it for 4 years now, no issues.

Same things were said against the 16bit vs 32bit change. We survived that.
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12 Jul 2010   #38
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

but we'll all still have local hard drives, yes? maybe, cloud will merely be an useful option.

worldwide average broadband speeds will have to increase a lot before we are forced into cloud-cuckoo land.

we'll have super-ssd's by then - roll on the future!
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12 Jul 2010   #39
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There's no way Windows 8 will be able to abolish local storage, I mean you've got a fair number of people like me that store terabytes of data on their HDDs. With current average Internet speeds and bandwidth limits, it's simply not practical to be transferring that amount of data over the Internet. Not to mention, there is a definite limit to what should and should not be cloud-based. For example, having email, RSS, maybe saved games (Steam Cloud), some Office documents, etc, on the cloud would be beneficial to most people. But you would not want downloads on the cloud (then you're not even really downloading them), you would not want a lot of sensitive data on the cloud, you would usually not want virtual machines on the cloud, or anything that currently doesn't require Internet access. Windows will lose MOST of their vast market share if Windows 8 FORCES you to have ALL your data on the cloud.

And I agree that everyone will survive the transition from 32-bit to 64-bit. In fact, all things considered, everything will be easier once that transition is fully complete, because developers won't have to struggle with compatibility for both architectures. As it is, every driver out there has to have two versions each for Vista and 7.
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12 Jul 2010   #40
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I agree with you. The hold up between 32 to 64 is old hardware. As people (like me) upgrade their hardware, they will move to 64 bit.
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