- Oct 17, 2008
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Thanks for the heads up Thrax That should smooth the transition of users from 32>64 bit quite a bit. I've only got old 32 bit drivers for my old Umax scanner, so I'm going to see if I can get them working as 64 bit tonight.You can bypass the rejection of unsigned drivers by issuing the following command at an administrator-elevated command prompt:
bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
Could you notice any improvements in the speed of Windows between the 32 bit and 64 bit versions? I am not sure which one I am going to go for, but I think 32 bit because that way I know everything I have will work (and I don't have more than 4GB ram).When I downloaded Windows7 beta I downloaded both the 32-bit and the 64-bit. I installed the 32-bit, used it, and was quite impressed. I recently installed the 64-bit. I had no more problems with drivers in 64-bit than I did in 32-bit. All of my hardware worked fine. All but one of the applications I use worked fine. Two have 64-bit versions. Some of the utility programs for my chipset and such don't work but they aren't essential and I suspect that by the time Windows7 is actually on the market, the programs will have been rewritten.
Really? Where can I find information about this, i.e. is there an article that states this?Windows 7 will be the last MS OS to have the choice of 32X or 64X .
There's an article on it here, but I don't know if it's the one Whoosh was referring to:Really? Where can I find information about this, i.e. is there an article that states this?
So in other words, even Vista 32bit is limited to 3.12GB of system RAM... not 4GB. Anything more gets wasted unless the user configures PAE and uses highly specialized PAE-aware/flagged programs, and the CPU/chipset support this. The larger the memory on the graphics card the less of that original 4GB can be used. Since 1GB is standard for high-end gaming cards and 2GB on GPU's is already available on midrange ot highend parts, it's worth noting. Because of this even 3GB cannot be fully used in some situations.The reduction in available system memory depends on the devices that are installed in the computer. However, to avoid potential driver compatibility issues, the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista limit the total available memory to 3.12 GB. Source
2GB RAM!?! Thats Fudging awesome! Myn only has like 512mb currently, but that works considering it's a 9400GT. Hackin' cool!NVIDIA's upcoming GT300 graphics card will have 2GB of RAM onboard for the flagship part by default according to credible sources, so there are plenty of big reasons MIcrosoft is wanting to do away with 32bit OS's.
Agreed. It's unfortunate we still use 32bit for almsot everything... the CPU is technically "128" bit, but by the end of 2010 Intel is planning a mainstream "256 bit" capable CPU. From what I've read if 64bit systems weren't being hampered by having to run 32bit compatibility code and 32bit software there could be some good performance reasons to upgrade alone, already.64 bit is the future.... if you don't start now, you will be way behind the power curve....
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