Age of 64-bit has arrived, Age of 32-bit is vanishing!

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  1. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    Soon, no more 32-bit computers will ship... :(

    Out of the 11 HP laptops listed as "new arrivals" at Best Buy, 9 come with 4GB of memory and 64-bit Vista. Ironically, the other two new-arrival HP systems come with "Windows Vista Business downgraded to XP Pro."

    In other words, you get either XP or 64-bit Vista: 32-bit Vista is not offered standard at all in this list of new arrivals.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10076795-64.html?tag=mncol
     
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  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    On the other hand, the rapid growth of Atom based computers suggests that 32 bit hardware might not be dead yet. ;)

    What exactly does Windows Vista Business downgraded to XP Pro mean... does it mean that the computer comes with Vista and you can click a button or use an included install disc to downgrade, that it comes with XP installed but also includes a Vista license, or that it only comes with XP?

    As for it being good or bad, I think the major problem is that MS was already beaten up for poor driver availability when Vista launched, and very few consumers really understand the difference between 32/64 bit Vista builds. I think this strategy of having two versions of the hardware that require different drivers (because your printer really needs to address six gigs of memory :rolleyes: ) may backfire on MS.

    But otherwise, it is sort of a gimme, that when the base memory platform gets to 4GB, you're going to see the 64-bit version pre-installed.....
     
  4. rasmasyean thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No more usage of your favorite 5 year old printer? :p
     
  5. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Nah dude, didn't you know? Earth stopped spinning when we went from 16-bit to 32-bit. :rolleyes:

    Afraid of progress much?
     
  6. rasmasyean thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    I could probably buy Windows 98 if I really wanted to too. That doesn't make it a good idea. But whatever, keep fearing progression.
     

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