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Windows 8 x64 only?


DarkNovaGamer

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i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?
There were rumors that Windows 7 was going to be x64 only. I do not think it will be x64-only.
 

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There were rumors that Windows 7 was going to be x64 only. I do not think it will be x64-only.
+1 it wouldnt make sence making a only 64-bit OS, when there still is a lot of computers using 32-bit.
 

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i thought microsoft said they were going to make windows 7 the last 32 bit operating system.
 

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No, I can't imagine it'll be x64 only. As previously stated there's just too many x64 incapable machines out there.
 

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I would think Windows 8 would be 64bit only. MS can only hold people's hands for so long and we are looking at another 3 years until 8 comes out. Seeing as 64bit has been in the consumer market for nearly 8 years, i say in another 3 everyone will have a CPU capable of running 64bit. If not, then I highly doubt any of their components will be able to run Windows 8.
 

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Yeah, that's what I think too. There will still be 32-bit as long as the majority of computers in the house or companies aren't strong enough to hold 64-bits.
 

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I think and hope it will be x64 only. They've already gone that route on Windows Server and several of their server products.

Think back to 8-bit versus 16-bit (well this argument is still going on for embedded devices). It has to be done sometime, the sooner the better in terms of advancement.
 
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In retrospect, it very well may be.

Server 2008 R2 is x64 only. From http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2.aspx
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first Windows operating system to be offered for only 64-bit processors. And Windows Server 2008 R2 can now support up to 256 logical processor cores for a single operating system instance, including enhancements in Hyper-V virtual machines which are able to address up to 32 logical cores in a single VM. These improvements not only guarantee more bang for your server hardware buck, but also offer better reliability with fewer locks and greater parallelism.
Thus, I can easily foresee the desktop OS going 64bit only.

After all, M$ dropped 16 bit support last year, didn't they :p
 
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Avien

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Yeah, that's what I think too. There will still be 32-bit as long as the majority of computers in the house or companies aren't strong enough to hold 64-bits.


I know what you saying, they will still be around. But look at this way, people using XP that had 64bits or even 32bits, but had some really bad components couldn't run Vista even if the CPU could support it. I would think MS would finally figure it out by now. Windows 7 for instance is just like Vista for System Requirements, but those that are on XP that couldn't use Vista due to their lack of technology. There has to be a line. MS can't go holding people's hands that refuse to upgrade their components for 15years. That, or MS will start making software for certain OSes and up. In that case people will have to upgrade their system, which i bet 100% will be a 64bit CPU in some way or another.


I hope they make the switch on their primary OS to 64bit only.
 

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I would not be shocked at all if it was 64bit only. Instead, I would be a little more put off by the idea that they are still wasting money working on hardware that will be very out dated. Already today it is probably nearing 50% of users have 64bit capable machines if not more, and it won't exactly be tomorow Win8 is released. Windows 7 was brought out quickly, more than likely to cover for Vista's failing sales and to recover their image on the market instead of getting further beaten on by Mac and other alternatives. I would not expect Windows 8 to be hitting the shelves for another 4 years from today at the earliest. At that point, 32bit hardware will be what... a decade out of date?

And as far as MS having just finally just 16bit, that is true. When however was the last 16bit operating system created by them? Dropping support is an entirely different concept than designing the core around. On another note, if 128bit tech is getting developed I hope MS doesn't waste time catching up. The Athlon64 series was released in 2003, and Windows XP x64 didn't release until April 2005. There is no way as large of a company as MS did not have access to the needed resources to be prepared in less than two years. They probably had prototypes available in 2001 or 2002 at the latest. If anything, they are to blame for the slow adoption of 64bit technology that even leads to us having to be curious about this kind of point.

Summed up : Windows 8 SHOULD be 64bit with compatability for 32bit code, and if it is on the market hopefully MS won't wait so long to begin 128bit (or whatever the next increment ends up being).
 

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It needs to be 64 bit. Most of their sales come from pre-built machines anyway...and if any OEM is still selling computers with less than 2GB of RAM by then...well, they really shouldn't be.
 

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It will come in both 32 & 64 bit. There are many pcs that can run onl 32bit OS. MS cant ignore such heavy bulk.
 

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Why Microsoft will be so stupid for releasing a 64bits only OS?

They want to be in all markets... like Netbooks and cheap Laptops with low end Hardware... where 32bits systems fits perfectly... today and in the future...
 
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Why Microsoft will be so stupid for releasing a 64bits only OS?

They want to be in all markets... like Netbooks and cheap Laptops with low end Hardware... where 32bits systems fits perfectly... today and in the future...
This is exactly what i meant in my previous post.
 

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