Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Feb 2007 09:58 UTC, submitted by george
Windows Microsoft is keen to stir up enthusiasm for Windows Vista, but when it comes to the 64-bit edition of the recently released operating system, the software giant is sending decidedly mixed messages. Vista is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, with the latter targeted at owners of recent computers with 64-bit processors. However, customers who purchase the retail version of Vista Home Basic, Home Premium or Business don't have the option of buying the 64-bit version directly. It also seems Microsoft will toughen its anti-piracy policies.
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Take advantage of your CPU, you say? There's almost no speed gain, and you run into compatibility issues. Not to mention that several games won't work.

Right now the disadvantages seem to exceed the advantages unless you have more than 3/4 GB of RAM. Actually, as I see it, being able to utilize beyond 3/4 GB of physical RAM is the main benefit of using a 64 bit version of Windows.

(Edit: Typo)

Edited 2007-02-20 11:40

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