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    ARM, Microsoft collaborating on 64-bit Windows version


    ARM is working with Microsoft to tune the Windows OS to work on processors based on ARM's 64-bit architecture, an ARM official said this week.

    Ian Forsyth, program manager at ARM, could not comment on a specific release date for the 64-bit version of Windows for ARM processors, but said ARM is continuously working with software partners to add 64-bit support.
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    Windows 9 is rumored to be the last 32 bit compatible Windows operating system. This could be a problem to Windows RT adopters as they might have tablets that won't run Windows 9 in a few years potentially...
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    it may be a problem but it needs to be done.... we can't keep dragging 32-bit along because there will ALWAYS be people who buy it even though its out dated, we just need to move on and go 64-bit all the way.
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    Win8 should not have had a 32bit version.
    I said long ago, Win 7 should have been 64bit only. Vista should have been the last 32bit OS.
    So, Win9 should definitely not have a 32bit option by then. There will be no need for it by then, and if so, I will call foul then too.
    That would be pure laziness by that point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Windows 9 is rumored to be the last 32 bit compatible Windows operating system. This could be a problem to Windows RT adopters as they might have tablets that won't run Windows 9 in a few years potentially...
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't buy Windows RT install media. So if that holds true for Windows 9, you wouldn't be able to switch from the Windows 8 version of RT to the Windows 9 version. Assuming there even is one. The current ARM processors in the RT tablets are only 32 bit anyway aren't they? So you'd have to buy new to go 64 bit anyway. I an definitely going to have to read up on this stuff or I'm going to end up with foot in mouth disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Windows 9 is rumored to be the last 32 bit compatible Windows operating system. This could be a problem to Windows RT adopters as they might have tablets that won't run Windows 9 in a few years potentially...
    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but you can't buy Windows RT install media. So if that holds true for Windows 9, you wouldn't be able to switch from the Windows 8 version of RT to the Windows 9 version. Assuming there even is one. The current ARM processors in the RT tablets are only 32 bit anyway aren't they? So you'd have to buy new to go 64 bit anyway. I an definitely going to have to read up on this stuff or I'm going to end up with foot in mouth disease.
    I assume it'll work the same way that Mac OS X Lion does, where you upgrade through the Mac Store.
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    Thinking about it after I posted, I realized there must be way. I assume RT gets patches and updates like Windows does so a service pack or something similar should be doable. Like I said I think I'm going to have to do some reading before posting instead of just skimming though those articles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Thinking about it after I posted, I realized there must be way. I assume RT gets patches and updates like Windows does so a service pack or something similar should be doable. Like I said I think I'm going to have to do some reading before posting instead of just skimming though those articles.
    My best guess is that you will purchase it through the Windows Store, which will manage the upgrade.
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    For what it's worth, Windows 7 was rumored to be 64bit only, but because there are still Atom CPUs out there that will run Windows 7 (and Windows 8) that are x86 only, as well as the possibility that there is still a small set of hardware out there with 32bit only drivers that works properly, there's still x86 support. Hopefully the next iteration of Windows will be 64bit only, but who knows, really. It all depends on how far backward the backwards compatibility will go for the next iteration of Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    For what it's worth, Windows 7 was rumored to be 64bit only, but because there are still Atom CPUs out there that will run Windows 7 (and Windows 8) that are x86 only, as well as the possibility that there is still a small set of hardware out there with 32bit only drivers that works properly, there's still x86 support. Hopefully the next iteration of Windows will be 64bit only, but who knows, really. It all depends on how far backward the backwards compatibility will go for the next iteration of Windows.
    Hopefully not right away. otherwise my old Apple iMac will finally be obsolete.
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