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Windows 8 x64 only?


#43
Probably that won't happen. But what I'm guessing is that some editions will be only available @64bits.
Also possible. Such as Ultimate and Enterprise, and maybe Professional, as these require the most processing power.
 

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#44
Probably that won't happen. But what I'm guessing is that some editions will be only available @64bits.

This could be possible yes, and i think this would be a good idea, the time is ready to transport everything on x64.
 

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#45
i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?
I don't think so.

We'll have to wait and see.
 

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#46
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.
I think in 3 years it would be possible to go with 64 bit only so long as they are still supporting 32 bit on 7 and vista since xp will not be supported anymore.
 

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#47
I can definitely see this happening. I don't even know any contemporary computers that have x32 processors.
 

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#50
Windows 8 won't be only x64. These are the words of M$.

No, there won't be a 128 bit system because there won't be so soon such hardware. Note that actual CPU's are not fully x64 (do not count such CPU's as Xeon or Itanium which are fully 64 bit). Those are the words of Intel :D

As of 64bit software it isn't so easy to write 64 bit applications and the software manufacturers don't see the point to rewrite it to 64bit OS. All of us know that x86 applications are running on x64 OS but only in emulation mode and I thing that this will change in the near future. This also applies to Multicore development.

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#51
I don't think W8 will be solely x64 , as so many people have said; there's too many incapable machines out there, people are only now starting to adopt x64 OS's.
I do think however, that there's gonna be a big push for x64 machines in the next 3 years. W8 will probably be the last of the 32bitters.
 

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#52
Most machines can't run a 64-bit OS because of these systems hardware. So I don't think it would be a wise decision for Windows to create a 64-bit only OS.

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#53
i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?
all new processors are going to be 64-bit. IF we see 128-bit processors in one year, then I would expect the OS to support 64 and 128. I think it would be difficult to support 32-bit as well.
 

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#54
i've read strong rumors to suggest Windows 8 is gonna solely be a 64bit OS, what's all you's opinions on this?
It most likely will be dual core cpu are meant to be phased out within a few years and quad it taking over already people really need to move onto 64bit imo 32bit its getting old for the digital age we are living in mow days.
 

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True, if anything Windows 8 will be the last 32 bit. By the time 9 shows up, maybe six years from now, everyone will have at least a 64 bit capable processor, if not starting to move to 128 bit.
 

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I think that they start to move to 128 bit even faster but at thins moment we don't know when they will start to show up. I rather start to wonder how people are going to write programmes if there won't be such OS. W8?? If so I don't think that will be enought to start to do anything without such API and when I am watching Visual Studio it will be almost impossible.

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It would just be Microsoft loosing business. People would stick with 7 if they knew that 8 was x64 only. Then again, anything can happen....:)

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As an insider. It is true Microsoft will offer Windows 8 as 64bit NO 32bit option. As many people have pointed out 32bit has been around forever and it is time it goes the way of 16bit.

This is a joint venture with Intel. Intel is stuck at about 4GHz for processors because they are not able to make the high powered laser that makes the chips make them any smaller (I know the guy that loads the silicon plates into the laser). Intel needs to go smaller to make the chip go faster ... or do they??. Moving to 128bit processors means you can stay at the same circuit size and even though you are still at 4GHz your pipe is double, this give you an amazing speed boost.

A Microsoft engineer leaked that Windows 8 will most likely be released as 128bit as well. Microsoft will not release Windows 8 as 32bit, 64bit and 128bit way too much coding and compiling to keep up with, plus all the coding issues with 32bit drivers. Not to mention updates. Microsoft is on a hard push to have all newly purchased machines be shipped as 64bit unless the user explicitly requests 32bit. Currently most if not all machines that are 5 years old or newer support 64bit. My 5 year old Dell runs Windows 7 64bit perfectly. Windows 8 128bit, will go along with the Server Line (Windows Server 2012 being 64bit and 128bit). Microsoft did a great job of redesigning the way drivers work so that 64bit or 128bit are extremely transparent and easy to code. Unlike all the restrictions in the 32bit model.

Edit: Forgot 32bit and its ~ 3.5 Gig of RAM issues. Now-a-days everyone wants 4,5,6 or 8Gigs of RAM so 64bit is the way to go.
 
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As an insider. It is true Microsoft will offer Windows 8 as 64bit NO 32bit option. As many people have pointed out 32bit has been around forever and it is time it goes the way of 16bit.

This is a joint venture with Intel. Intel is stuck at about 4GHz for processors because they are not able to make the high powered laser that makes the chips make them any smaller (I know the guy that loads the silicon plates into the laser). Intel needs to go smaller to make the chip go faster ... or do they??. Moving to 128bit processors means you can stay at the same circuit size and even though you are still at 4GHz your pipe is double, this give you an amazing speed boost.

A Microsoft engineer leaked that Windows 8 will most likely be released as 128bit as well. Microsoft will not release Windows 8 as 32bit, 64bit and 128bit way too much coding and compiling to keep up with, plus all the coding issues with 32bit drivers. Not to mention updates. Microsoft is on a hard push to have all newly purchased machines be shipped as 64bit unless the user explicitly requests 32bit. Currently most if not all machines that are 5 years old or newer support 64bit. My 5 year old Dell runs Windows 7 64bit perfectly. Windows 8 128bit, will go along with the Server Line (Windows Server 2012 being 64bit and 128bit). Microsoft did a great job of redesigning the way drivers work so that 64bit or 128bit are extremely transparent and easy to code. Unlike all the restrictions in the 32bit model.

Edit: Forgot 32bit and its ~ 3.5 Gig of RAM issues. Now-a-days everyone wants 4,5,6 or 8Gigs of RAM so 64bit is the way to go.
What about all the BSODs, 99% 64 bit? Any chance of a fix soon?

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