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Windows Vista STarted It... But WIndows 7 Has brought It Home

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by LarryFlowers, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Jul 8, 2010 #1 of 11

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Interesting statistic:

    46% of ALL Windows 7 OS installations are 64 bit.

    Probably the fact that Windows Vista started the interest in 64 bit.. and the fact that all kinds of companies had to get back in the driver business and finally figured what the hey, lets do 64 bit drivers while we are at it.

    Memory is cheap right now.

    Software applications are being written to take advantage of 64 bit, even Microsoft Office 2010 has a 64 bit version available for the first time.

    Today with Windows 7, you should never have to see any warning messages about low memory.
  2. Jul 8, 2010 #2 of 11

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Thanks for its XP emulator in Win7Pro, I was able to get the 64-bit and still run my 32-bit software that balk at 64-bit.

    Wonder which will come first - the dead of SD TV or 32-bit computing?
  3. Jul 8, 2010 #3 of 11

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    I LOVE my 64-bit Win7.
  4. Jul 8, 2010 #4 of 11
    Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    I will say that my new Dell has been rock steady with W7 64 bit.
  5. Jul 8, 2010 #5 of 11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Finally, the computer makers have really made it possible. When I got my laptop, I got it with a 64 bit processor, but could not get it with a 64 bit OS, and drivers were difficult. Some components were locked down so you couldn't use the actual manufacturers driver, like ATI for video. Then I found that my 64 bit system had a 32 bit bus.

    Now, even a $430 Inspiron desktop comes with 64 bit OS. 32 bit Windows isn't even an option.
  6. Jul 8, 2010 #6 of 11

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The only reason 64-bit is common is because 4+GB of memory is common on new PCs, and you need a 64-bit OS to utilize that much memory. If not for the memory limitation, most new PCs would still ship with 32-bit OSs, simply because getting drivers would be easier.

    But, ultimately, it doesn't matter so much WHY it's happening - it's just good that it IS happening. 64-bit Windows is significantly more robust than 32-bit with things like kernal security. Let's all be happy that 64-bit drivers are finally being written, at least for current hardware. The manufactures have little interest in supporting older hardware, as they'd much prefer you had to upgrade and buy from them again...
  7. Jul 9, 2010 #7 of 11

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Of course there's still this problem, from the Adobe web site:
  8. Jul 9, 2010 #8 of 11

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    From my vantage point...the OEM PC/laptop folks are driving this more than anything.

    I happened to buy a new laptop for a family member after weeks of research...and at 3 different stores...75% of the units had WIN7 64-bit pre-installed.

    I have 2 other PCs at home where I did my own install, and 32-bit was the preference here.
  9. Jul 9, 2010 #9 of 11

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA
    But if you're using a *NIX version OS, 64-bit flash has already been available for a while......
  10. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Officially on June 21, 2010 the *NIX version of 64 bit Flash was WITHDRAWN by Adobe:

    "We have temporarily closed the Labs program of Flash Player 10 for 64-bit Linux, as we are making significant architectural changes to the 64-bit Linux Flash Player and additional security enhancements,"

    Further, Adobe had this to say:

    "As more people are using 64-bit operating systems, more will be moving to use 64-bit browsers, and it's important that they have the best possible Web experience," Nguyen said. "We are actively working on the release of a native 64-bit Flash Player for the desktop, and we will provide native support for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux 64-bit platforms in an upcoming major release of Flash Player."

    IE8 64bit is here now, Google has Chrome 64bit development under way and Firefox is expected to deliver 64bit by the end of the year.

    The pressure is on Adobe and they are at a critical time when competitors are looking to eliminate or replace Flash.
  11. -Draino-

    -Draino- Godfather

    May 18, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I'm so tired of Adobe and their lame programmers. Adobe needs to get on the ball and keep up with the times. Between their security issues and their lack of 64 bit support they are seen as a company that doesn't care about their end users.

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