Things I would like to see in Windows 8 – Part 8 – 64 bit only

Things I would like to see in Windows 8 – Part 8 – 64 bit only

OK folks..

It’s finally time for us to move to the next level of processing – 64 bit.

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PC’s are cheap enough, RAM is cheap enough.

By 2011/2012, we should be able to come together and agree that the age of 32 bit processing has come to an end.

Having said that, Microsoft will need to develop features that take advantage of the optimized processing that a 64 bit processor and way more ram can give you.

I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit with 8 gigs of RAM and I have to say that being able to open as many applications as I want with no concern for performance degradation is a good feeling.

That’s my take.

What do you guys and gals think?

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems. In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com).

  • Mike

    This is true. I am over 32 bit and this situation where we are in between full 64 bit adoption and 32 bit.

    We need to move forward…

    • Youareovermostthings

      you wouldn’t know way over
      you act like you are some power user and haven’t a clue
      as to why 64 bit doesn’t really matter

      thats up to you how you like to dream about things
      that don’t matter
      the average brain 64 > 32 so it must be better

  • Aaron

    we need to move forward but they need to get rid of all of the f'in bug that crash the windows system because I have a 64 bit system and it will randomly crash and i spent hard earned money on this software and its really annoying that it crashes

    • Angelo

      I strongly disagree,Windows 7 x64 is more stable than any x86 system I've ever used. Not even a single crash after 2 years almost of heavy everyday usage. And,as long as this article goes,I completely agree. 32 bit era is WAY over.

  • Fpresiado

    you know i hope it will be 64 bit only. that way they can focus on 64 bit drivers and apps. also i would like them to release a hole new file system based on a new kernel. ntfs is just way to old no matter what versions of ntfs is released. Microsoft has been depending on this file system for a while now and they need to move on. how they expect for new possibility to be emerged onto them if they cant create a new file system. creating a new file system = new possibilities.

  • http://www.dobox.com/ Bruce

    we need to move forward but they need to get rid of all of the f'in bug that crash the windows system because I have a 64 bit system and it will randomly crash and i spent hard earned money on this software and its really annoying that it crashes

  • Steve

    you know i hope it will be 64 bit only. that way they can focus on 64 bit drivers and apps. also i would like them to release a hole new file system based on a new kernel. ntfs is just way to old no matter what versions of ntfs is released. Microsoft has been depending on this file system for a while now and they need to move on. how they expect for new possibility to be emerged onto them if they cant create a new file system. creating a new file system = new possibilities.

    • Bruce B.

      I am also running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Edition and i will migrate to Windows 8 when it comes out and i am really interested to see what it can do. i have made cheap upgrades to an older computer under $200.00 and for that was able to get a sweet new motherboard 4 GB of fast ram a New Processor and Heat Sink will have another 4 GB of ram installed soon for a total of 8 GB of ram. which is real good. my point is if i was not running a 64 bit os i would not have the ability to do the things i like to do if i was still using a 32 bot os.

      I am building a new computer and it will be a Power system with at least 16 GB of Super Fast  dual channel ram and a quad or 6 core processor. and i will buy windows 8 when it  becomes available for the os and i pray to the powers at be at Microsoft that it is available in a 64 bit edition only. the 32 bit os needs to go the way of the Dinosaur and the dodo bird extinct.

  • Matt

    Do not get rid of the 32 bit computers. i have computers running both and it is more stable then xp even in 32 bit computers if anything 32 bit is more compatible. I have a computer built for windows 98 that with extra ram, it’s 700mhz processor and its 640mb ram can run 7 faster then XP.

    • Kevin

      How are you evening running 7 at all on 700mhz and 640mb of RAM? Looks like it's time to buy a new PC. Every Windows 7 capable computer in my house is capable of running an x86_64 arch.

      • http://twitter.com/David_Bergeron David Bergeron

        A stripped down 7 can run on less.

  • Aggarwal Sagar73

    i hate this site . rearlu i want do download windows 8 . i download it but it dont work

  • id10

    Your “things” I want to see posts are conflicting in the real world.

    On the one hand, you want to see a 64 bit only Windows. That’s fine, in itself.

    But then on the other hand, you want to see an ad-supported Windows for the developing world. Which is also fine, in itself as an idea (although can’t see too many advertisers lining up for a share of that market right now if the target audience is earning less than $2US a day, even local ones).

    The problem is, a vast majority of the computers in developing countries (at least the ones owned by average people) are hand-me-down obsolete PCs that are – and never will be – capable of running a 64 bit OS. Not likely to change in the next few years, either.

    So there’s the contradiction in your list, the market that most needs an ad-supported OS can’t run a 64 bit one….

  • Getover

    like you could tell the difference between 32, 64 or any other bit.
    and as soon as you give people 64 bit, which means nothing,
    they will cry for 128.

    64 does not buy anything for 99% of the computer people
    buying a dream…

    • xinu

      It makes a big difference especially if your computer has over 4GB of RAM and you use resource intensive apps, or play games. Yes it may not make a difference for the average person wanting to check their email or facebook account, but for professionals and power users it will. Microsoft should focus more of their resources on moving forward rather than developing an operating system for old technology.

  • Adler

    64 bit windows 7 at home does great. so far I am struggling with 64 bit at the office. Our Toshiba phone system will not work in a 64 bit environment. Out law program that interfaces with Outlook will not interface properly with office 2010 64 bit. Microsoft needs figure out how to get 32 bit drivers to work with 64 bit. I have used xp mode in windows 7 but you cannot copy and paste between the virtual machine and the real world. I am about ready to reformat and go back to 32 bit but I hate to waste 8gb memory!!!!

  • Skandranon2k5

    64-bit only era is not the choice of Microsoft themselves. The main issue as was with the migration to the 32-bit NT systems is the 3rd party software. Remember the day one would open Lotus 1-2-3 and do their spread sheets? Remember that same software refused to work on XP? This is due to it being 16-bit and was no longer supported. Unlike technology businesses are much harder and more expensive to migrate to new technologies, so we use technology that crosses over the era’s. Like your Windows 64-bit edition which has a 32-bit emulation built in, this is to help people migrate to the new technologies as it is, so what you are asking is indeed happening just at a more practical pace then you wish it would.

  • Christopher Becerra

    The way I see it: People have different necessities and desires (Basics Economics), and also they have a variety of options to satisfy them, some of those will work and others won´t. The things is that, when speaking about the “frontier of technology”, we can see that, as id10 says, a great number of people will continue to use 32 bit technology, just because it is enough for them, and because they can encounter 32 bit technology, so they will use it. But as new (better) technology is created, ending support to older technology will put that people in a restricted choice: There are no more 32 bit computers, so we have to choose a 64 bit computer. Multiply that by millions of people in the following years, and you can be certain that vendors will move into the 64 bit architecture, because they will no longer sell a lot of their product it they don´t change. For the market, it is important to move on, not necessarily for the average user.

    Greetings from Costa Rica, I hope to have my “x64 Ipad 2” soon.

  • xinu

    I think its definitely time for Microsoft to switch to 64bit. Ive been using it since Windows Vista and its worked great for me, especially since new computers are starting to have increasing amounts of RAM, 4GB is slowly becoming standard, and 32bit just doesnt take advantage from all of these resources. Windows 8 should be 64bit only in my opinion.

  • Sdf

    Windows 8 will run on ARM processors. ARM is based on x86.

    Your post is pointless.

  • Alex

    I think any product will be excellent! (32 and 64 bits)