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Should Windows 9 be X64 only?

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#1 My8th

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:05

I thought I'd make an alternative poll that covers the three main answers from the other thread.




#2 Max Norris

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:06

Not sure if we need another thread but *shrug* x64 OS itself, sure, it's about time.. x64 systems are hardly some new thing, those old Athon XP's and such should be dying off by now due to age. Server's are already there, the desktops should eventually go that way too. Ditching compatibility with millions of programs for zero benefit? No that's retarded. I have no desire to set up a VM just so I can play an older game or something. An OS that runs only a fraction of the programs I need it to? No thanks.

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:06

Make it x64-only with WOW-support.



#4 COKid

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:11

"Dead horse, I will continue to beat you."

 

Even Microsoft recommends installing the 32-bit version of Office on 64-bit machines, because of plugin support. Windows x64 only is still 5-10 years away. Just my $0.02.



#5 Lord Method Man

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:13

X64 only without WOW32 would make Windows RT look successful by comparison.



#6 Jose_49

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:18

Yeah. I think it's about time, we move to 64-bit with WoW32 support.

 

Many components used a couple of years ago, has 64-bit support. Even the ###### atom from my netbook (2010) has 64-bit hardware capabilities.

 

It's been many years now, since computer come with sufficient and powerful hardware to do so.



#7 fusi0n

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:28

Apple did it..



#8 +LimeMaster

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:28

I'd say continue with 32bit releases due to the fact that netbooks came with processors that are only capable of handling 32bit OSes. And someone mentioned in the other thread that some Windows 8 tablets are still using x86 processors.



#9 +Brando212

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 15:50

I think it's time to move PCs (towers & laptops) to x64 only (w/ wow32) but I think x86 should still be made available but only for tablets



#10 OP My8th

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 16:00

How many of these netbook/tablet users that have x86 processors will be upgrading to Windows 9?



#11 +patseguin

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 16:20

I think most modern computers use enough memory that they would need 64 bit Windows anyways.



#12 +dsbig

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 16:28

I would say 64bit with wow support.

 

 

without wow support over 80% program wont run. 

 

and no one will buy a system if they cant run there 32bit programs.



#13 OP My8th

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 21:08

double-width compare and exchange (CMPXCHG16B) CPU instruction is needed for 64-bit Windows 8.1, it's not supported in old x64 AMD processors and some x64 Intel processors can be effected if the motherboard doesn't have support for it. Windows 8.1 32-bit works with these systems. The instruction has been supported for more than a decade so it shouldn't matter, I'm just using it as an example that even 64-bit processors can be get problems with using 64-bit software over 32-bit.

 

The use of the instruction was to improve security effectiveness.



#14 Riva

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 21:16

If someone is running hardware without AMD64 support then they should probably upgrade their hardware



#15 OP My8th

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 21:21

If someone is running hardware without AMD64 support then they should probably upgrade their hardware

Not all AMD64 hardware is supported.