Microsoft claims 64-bit Windows is finally taking off

By on August 4, 2008, 12:54 PM
While 64-bit processors and operating systems have been out for a while, several factors have held up adoption of 64-bit computing – such as driver compatibility issues and the mere fact that there wasn’t a lot of need for it. Thus, 32-bit systems have pretty much remained the norm among consumers. But as the benefits of 64-bit systems start to outweigh the drawbacks, Microsoft believes a big shift is now on to 64-bit Windows Vista PCs.

According to a post by Chris Flores on the Windows Vista Team Blog, the proportion of all US machines with Vista running the 64-bit edition has tripled in the past three months while worldwide adoption has more than doubled in the same time frame. Microsoft’s claims are based on download figures from Windows Update, though the company isn’t giving any hard numbers.

Among the factors leading to the shift appear to be the fact that 64-bit Vista machines, unlike 32-bit systems, can directly address more than 4GB of memory – an amount rarely needed in 2005 when Microsoft released Windows XP in 64-bit form. Also, 64-bit drivers are required for WHQL certification in Vista so hardware compatibility has become less of a problem nowadays.

I for one have been running the 64-bit version of Vista on my main desktop PC since early June, with (almost) no issues at all. The real benefit, however, will come when more 64-bit optimized software is available and a few key ones – such as Adobe Lightroom and PhotoShop – are expected to be released this fall.




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kingdingdong said:
I think 64 is nice, I run 64 Ultimate personally. But when my figner print reader from Microsoft doesnt have 64 bit drivers, I think its B.S. Also my WD Mybook doesnt have 64 bit drivers, Only 32. WTH.
canadian said:
I have been running the 64 bit versions since Beta 2 of Vista. Honestly, aside from drivers I have had almost no problems. Only since my last re-install for some reason my second harddrive sometimes gets locked in Read only mode.
fullmetalvegan said:
Yeah I run Vista Ultimate 64-bit, have for a long time now with no errors. How ever recently I bought a HD4850 and the display driver crashes left and right, I hear 32-bit lacks the ATi driver problem. Oh well, I'm switching back to NVIDIA anyway, better drivers, better to overclock, the price doesn't bother me.
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