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Are we ready for 64-bit?

Just re-installed a secondary OS on my main PC and decided to go with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Been wondering that for the longest time, people have not really cozied up with 64-bit Windows.

It’s been like close to a half a decade now that 64-bit editions of Windows are available and yet it hasn’t gone mainstream (the x86-64 was introduced in 2003).

Before, the main concern is that even if the OS and the hardware is capable of 64-bit, majority of the softwares are compiled into 32-bit code so you don’t really get any significant improvement. Moreover, with the 32-bit Windows OS, it can only use up to about 3GB of RAM so even if you have 2 sticks of 2GB RAM (4GB total), your system can only see 3GB and the remaining 1GB is unused.


The biggest issue that’s causing the slow adaptation is because most device drivers aren’t compatible for 64-bit. If your printer, scanner, etc were manufactured before 2007, chances are they don’t have drivers for 64-bit OS (I have 2 USB WiFi dongles from LinkSys and they don’t have drivers for 64-bit Vista).

Maybe in a couple more years, we’ll see 64-bit take on a larger user base.

For now, I’m enjoying the speed bump running Windows 7 64-bit on an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 with a full 4GB of RAM. Firing up Adobe Photoshop CS4 64-bit is a joy (launch time: 4 seconds).

Anybody out there running a 64-bit Windows OS?

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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30 Responses

  1. Huan22 says:

    I’ve been running vista x64 for a year now. As far as performance is concern, there have been significant increase in the use of 64-bit applications compared to its 32-bit version.

    BTW, @Abe, are you an MSDN subscriber? How did you got an early copy Windows 7 Ultimate?

  2. jojo uy says:

    isnt it backward compatible ? ? that 32 shoud work on 64

  3. jdGONEMAD says:

    master yuga, penge naman copy ng windows 7 na 32 bit kung meron ka. thnx.

  4. yuga says:

    @Huan22 – just used the RC version.

    @jojo – yup, should be backward compatible.

    @jdgonemad – you can grab a copy here as well as the serial number.

  5. john says:

    i will try 64bit if i got the chance to have high end specs computer rig…

  6. cool, 4 seconds lang launch time ng CS4! bilis!

  7. Lloyd Lopez says:

    I’ve been using Vista 64-bit for several months. So far, I’m happy with it.

  8. Juneau says:

    i’ve been using a 64bit vista for maybe a year. so far i have no regret since it really helps me with the 4gb ram and some programs that supports 64bit. but there are some programs that doesn’t support or wont start even x64 version of vista is backward compatible with a 32bit applications. but i am thinking twice to upgrade to windows 7, after a couple of months of its release or a sp1 of win7.

  9. Within the MS-Win arena, I agree that there is a slow migration towards 64-bit OS, however if we open it wider, there’s a growing migration in the GNU/Linux arena. I for one have been using 64-bit Ubuntu Linux for 2-3 years already.

    But we’re talking MS-Win here. The main difference basically is that it isn’t easy to run a 32-bit app in a 64-bit MS-Win. Compare that to Linux, specifically Ubuntu distro, there’s almost no problem running a 32-bit app in a 64-bit Linux.

    I’m really hoping Windows 7 64-bit will be 32-bit “friendly”, since that’s what I’m buying :p In any case, the applications that my siblings are using all have 64-bit versions already. And personally, I’m buying Windows 7 just to break it, hack it, customize it, study it. 98% of what I do in my computer and online, I can do with Ubuntu Linux :p

    Now to pray that Windows 7 64-bit will be cheap *LOL*

  10. also running 64 bit windows 7 rc on my lappy. feels more snappy than the 32 bit

  11. Huan22 says:

    Sadly cheap is not in Microsoft’s vocabulary. Win7 Home Premium costs $199 while Ultimate costs $319.

  12. ATM says:

    I agree, Microsoft dont understand cheap. Unfortunately comes with the territory of being a monopoly!

  13. Ton says:

    Was looking for a 64bit Vista Premium for a laptop I wanted to buy without an OS. I scoured Ghills for it from some of the MS “certified partners”. None. So I called MS and asked (hoping for a free Win7 upgrade like what people in the US are having). They told me to talk to a “certified partner”. How nice. So I called my own “certified partner” in Metrowalk. They have it in stock. Reliable.

  14. AnyBits says:

    The 64-bit OS will become mainstream for most home user as processors are designed to support this architecture. As DDR2 memory are getting cheaper with the introduction of DDR3 this allow us to try as much memory as the motherboard supports. The only concerns will be the hardware drivers issue as Sir Yuga noted. But with some searching on the net you can be lucky to find some beta drivers like for instance that I got beta 64-bit driver for my printer which works fine.

    For some screenshots about this new OS, please visit http://anybits.blogspot.com/2009/08/windows-7-screenshots.html

  15. jehzlau says:

    wow! Convert ko na nga sa 64-bit ang laptop ko. Pwede naman diba? uninstall ang 32-bit OS, tapos installan ng 64-bit?

  16. gabsanchez says:

    I’ve been using vista 64-bit for almost a year now. So far okay naman wala naman ako problems. I opted to install the 64-bit version because, well, it’s available and for the 4gb ram.

  17. LLoyd says:

    i’ve been using windows 7 ultimate x64 RC since it was released, no problems (yet) all devices are working propelry. i have 8 gbs of ram i use it for my 3d work.(architectural), i guess i really need a x64 system for my work.

  18. shadowmeld19 says:

    My Take on this… If you dont need x64… dont use it :) x86 will suit all of your needs… most day to day applications that we use are optimized for x86… and heck.. its not even optimized for Quads cores yet :p…

    If you are a regular PC user that surfs/email/watches movies then x86 is enough for you…

    if your applications demands more ram… x64 will be your best bet since you can go beyond 3GBs…

    Im a hobbyist photographer and video editor… comparing x64 with 4GB vs x86 with 3GBs is quite noticeable.. well.. on my part that is :)

  19. Jhay says:

    Oh yeah, there are 64-bit versions of OS and apps, I almost forgot.

    I’ve been living in the 32-bit world for so long, moving up to 64-bit never really occurred to me.

  20. CountOcram says:

    I have been using Windows 7 64-bit on my laptop and it’s running smoothly. I had problem installing it on my PC though, I can’t find a 64-bit driver for it, so I need to buy a new LAN Card that supports 64-bit.

  21. sylv3rblade says:

    Been on XP 64 since released. I’ll agree that it was driver hell initially :( I’m building a rig at the end of the month and it’ll get a Win 7 Home Premium installation (via TechNet :D)

  22. Rich says:

    Sir Yuga, sana ok lang tong post ko sa website mo po.. thanks!

    All you guys who wants a Authentic copy of Windows 7 64bit and 32 bit, plus other Microsoft OS, like Windows Server 2003, XP and Vista, etc, MS Office, and other programming sofwares made by Microsoft, I have them.

    just email me if you’d like to get a copy.. ofcourse, may bayad po ito, ok? pero nde kasing mahal nung nasa labas.

    Btw, I am an MSDN Subscriber, kaya meron ako nun.
    just email me nalang… [email protected]

    10 per OS lang po ang available.

  23. Pepe says:

    I just started using a 64-Bit Windows 7 as well :D

    It works pretty stable, though I can’t use my reaaaally old compilers (Assembly, COBOL, etc) :( Well, for that there’s always DOSBox :P

    Windows 7 has a pretty good compatibility layer for x86 programs. As for drivers, well, I didn’t even need to install any upon my install of Windows 7. They were all automatic! :D

  24. Chad says:

    Ang tanong eh, wala na bang sakit yang Windows 7 like yung, User Profile Service was unable to load, or yung mga typical start-up problems ng Vista pagka nde mo sya na-shutdown ng maayos, eh nag-start repair lgad, pero nde nman naayos…

  25. john paul says:

    adobe cs4 boot time in 32 bit os x leopard is also 4 sec… and that’s just in core2duo system…

    64 bit snow leopard is just around the corner ;)

  26. Vance says:

    one downside ng 64 bit is there are no adobe flash player 64-bit yet hehehe.. bunti nalang nandyan ang mga 32-bit web broswer like firefox..

  27. I am currently using a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM version. Yes, I am using a MSDN copy. I personally chose 64-bit since 32-bit OS don’t utilize the whole 4GB of my RAM. Developing ASP.NET applications is a breeze – seems like you’re developing interpreted languages and response time is definitely great. Some of the gripes that I have is that certain drivers of my hardware is still on 32-bit BUT they work fine in my 64-bit machine.

  28. Jerome says:

    Gumagamit ako ng Windows XP 64bit, at so far napakabilis ng comp ko sa 1gb na ram.. minsan na try ko din ung 64bit na vista, and ok naman siya… They’re both fast unlike their 32bit versions… Pero drivers lang talaga problem ko d2…

    ang laki ng pinagbago ng comp ko since i used 64bit of these operating system with only 1gig ram installed…

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  30. Carlo Marcial says:

    I do, Windows 7 64 Bit, Dell E6500, sometimes i have issues when copying large files on my USB, i think its a bug…

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