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Friday, 09 July 2010 14:19

Half Windows 7 installs are 64-bit

Written by Nick Farell

Software slow to catch up
Nearly half of Windows 7 installs are using 64-bit, despite the fact that the software industry insists on making 32-bit code. Figures just out from Microsoft show that 46 percent are using 64-bit versions of the operating system. Vista only ever managed 11 percent.

For the great unwashed there is little point using 64-bit. They are not going to benefit from being able to use more RAM. But there are other advantages 64-bit Windows can make systems such as ASLR stronger. However despite the fact that Windows 64-bit adoption has more or less happened.  Software makers are still dragging their feet and providing viable code.

One problem are Web browsers and their plugins. Plugins like Flash have no 64-bit version. And although Internet Explorer has had a 64-bit version for many years, other Windows browsers have not yet followed suit. Firefox 4 may include a 64-bit Windows version but that would be pants if you can't fun Flash on it, just ask an Apple user.

However it is worth pointing out that 64-bit migration is happening faster than the switch from 16- to 32-bit software. Intel's first 32-bit processor was released in 1985; it wasn't until Windows 95 that anyone used it. It was not until XP came out that 16-bit was dumped completely.

Nick Farell

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-36 #1 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-09 17:22
Little point? Since we did you start to write dumb articles?
+15 #2 yourma2000 2010-07-09 18:31
Probably because they included both 32bit and 64bit discs, people are not hesitating to try out the 64bit version now that Microsoft is providing both version for the price of one, I'm still using the 32bit version, but that's only because this shitty motherboard doesn't take more than 2GB of RAM
-3 #3 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-09 20:27
It's won't matter how much ram your mb takes... I have one that runs Win 7 x64 on a 2GB Brisbane just fine. Most of the times it has 1.3 GB of free Memory if you'll disable the super prefetch.

And LOL... all the n00bs buried my post. Well, fact of the mater is that with "more" than enough ram you can do a lot, just that some lack the idea what.
+13 #4 BernardP 2010-07-09 22:59
AFAIK, Win 7 64 can run 32-bit apps. So why not use it?
+9 #5 dicobalt 2010-07-09 23:38
Only half? I have seen tons of cheap mainstream computers shipping with 64bit.
+8 #6 Fud_u 2010-07-10 05:19
They really step up with Win7. It's beautiful.
+3 #7 love_linux 2010-07-10 08:53
8) Slow adoption it true only in the Windows world. For the rest of the souls that ware brave enough to try other operating systems (Fedora in my case) they have more then 95 of the software designed to run on 64 bit. It is true that Adobe is painfully slow in releasing a stable 64 bit version for Flash but the wrapper that is designed to enable flash 32 on firebox 64 it works perfectly.
+5 #8 nt300 2010-07-10 22:26
Windows 7 x64 all the way. Nothing like 8GB to 16GB of DDR2/3 ram to help crunch video decoding/encoding. Buying the 32-bit version of Win 7 is a waste of money IMO.
Now all we need to see is games take full advantage of 64-bit computing. It's way long overdue.
0 #9 Peciura 2010-07-10 22:49
3+GB of RAM is an absolute must for nowdays and lack of memory is the main speed bottleneck.
I don't like using swap file, because it is slow and i care about my HDD.
Just started Win7 consumes 1.3GB after a while it eats 2+GB. So on 32bits there is left about 1GB - that is not enough for my mom when she is browsing internet.
I use 2+ browsers for web development (Firefox for developing, Opera for documentation,... ). FF with its plugins consumes up to 900MB, other browsers, text editors 200-300MB each. And there is simply not enought memory when i want to open Dreamweaver to find invalid html code.
Conclusion - if you are using WinXP - 32bit and 2-3GB of RAM is enough; if you want Win7 - buy 64bit edition and use all 4+GB.
0 #10 youserzero 2010-07-12 06:33
More realistically, lack of 64bit software isn't much of a concern outside the Windows world.

The few 64 bit apps I run under XP x64 are 7-Zip, Media Player Classic Home Cinema, ffdshow, Wireshark, VMware and VirtualDub. On the Windows side of things even the open source projects have been slow to make 64bit binaries available.

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