The musings of an IT Consultant

Feb 27 2009   9:25PM GMT

64 Bit Rant

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So I’d like to rant a little bit about something today, and that’s 64 bit desktop (not server) support in a Windows world. I’ve been using 64 bit Windows operating systems for quite some time now and I still have to say that I’m not impressed with what is out there.


Whether we’re talking Windows XP, or Vista, I am not happy with what vendors have to offer. A lot of times I have tried to download drivers or even download some free or trial product to test out on my system only to find out that it is not compatible with my 64 bit Windows OS.


What’s the deal with that? It’s not like nobody uses it. As a matter of fact, I know tons of like-minded IT professionals that use 64 bit Windows OS’ and don’t have a choice because they need the high amount of RAM on their computers to run programs like VMware Workstation for instance.


I’d just like to say it’s high time for you software companies out there to start putting out 64 bit applications for Windows, and not just as an after thought, but with some serious focus. And to those of you that are already doing this? Kudos!



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  • DarkAlman
    I briefly ran 64bit windows XP and although I was impressed with the performance of the OS I was constantly frustrated with the lack of compatible software and drivers to the point where I eventually gave up and switched back to 32bit. Developers really have been slow to adopt the 64bit OS. Many of them likely due to a lack of knowledge on the 64bit SDK's. Programming in 32bit has been standard for over a decade and the reverse compatibility is babying too many of them. I guess I'm just too attached to my 15-pin gameport to come into the 21st century of OS's.
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  • Natediggs
    This has become very frustrating for me as well. I run a IT consulting firm and purchased a laptop back in November. Over the last couple of months I have bought several pieces of software that simply will not work correctly on my 64bit Vista OS. This includes a business card scanner and software which will not work with my Outlook running on a 64 bit computer. These software vendors are going to start having issues going forward as most computers are now shipping with only 64bit versions of Windows Vista. I have to say that I'm pretty turned of from doing business with and CardScan after having these issues.
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