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Windows 8 SKUs potentially leaked in driver documentation

By Matthew · 13 replies
Feb 24, 2012
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  1. Besides its uptight security and early software incompatibilities, the confusion surrounding Windows Vista's marketing fragmentation stood as one of critics' main complaints. There were six editions (Starter, Home Basic, Home…

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 850   +386

    Don't forget Basic and Ultimate
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    I hope they do forget retail Basic and Ultimate versions. W7 Ultimate offered little over Professional. They should just integrate the Ultimate features with Professional... if it/they exist.
  4. Why does microsoft still sell 32bit versions windows 7,8 .When 64bit windows 7,8 run 32bit programs fine ,Nothing pre 2004 should be running win7 onwards anyway.Make it even more simple run with 3 versions of windows 8 instead of the 6 listed above in news story.
  5. Nice way of Microsoft to make more money make you pay for the same operating system but it has a small change.... you can either pay for 32bit or 64bit how happy do you feel... on another note why has microsoft not realized hackers can do a better job then them ???
  6. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 160   +83

    @hahahanoobs Ultimate + Professional == Enterprise ...
  7. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Evangelist Posts: 406   +126

    Unlike apple microsoft don't totally abandon their user base.
    On the 32bit 64bit the problem is drivers if there is no 64 bit driver for your printer for example (like my canon laser) you are screwed if you put 64 bit windows on
  8. I agree 32bit is dead.... No one I know runs Windows 7 32bit. I doubt they make much money off the 32-bit so why hang onto old technology...Now is the time to dump 32-bit Microsoft...actually we should be seeing 128-bit windows ;)
  9. Today's processors cant even address a full 64bit address space... For example AMD's chips ONLY have a 52-bit wide address bus meaning the chip has a theoretical limit of 4PB of RAM (4096TB). 128-bit windows or anything 128-bit is a complete waste of time as you'd need $20M half an office building to store the RAM chips to really utilize it it anyway. :)
  10. SalaSSin

    SalaSSin TS Booster Posts: 160   +83


    I'm guessing this is for business. At our company we still have to use a lot of regulation software (like Honeywell & Siemens Step5) that doesn't work on x64.
  11. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +102

    ARM is still 32-bit.
  12. Is there any particular reason that it's still 32-bit? Like technical limitations, or is it just that most devices that use ARM processors have no need for 3.0GB+ RAM yet? If there are no limitations, it seems like an odd decision to stay on 32-bit.
  13. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    I'm currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit retail box version. The Professional version will probably suffice if those are the only versions for Windows 8 since Enterprise would probably be overkill even for hardcore users.
  14. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    The 32bit version can execute 16bit software the 64bit version can not. 32bit windows is for businesses that are running very old software that is critical to their operations.

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