Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 17:46 UTC, submitted by Richard
Windows Let's combine the two most popular topics on the internet today into one: Windows 7 on netbooks. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will ship a version of Windows 7 designed for netbooks, the popular small laptops that appear to be the only bright spot in an otherwise abysmal PC industry climate. However, with various reports indicating that Windows 7 already runs fine on netbooks, this raises the question: what exactly is Microsoft planning?
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Comment by shotsman
by shotsman on Mon 26th Jan 2009 20:24 UTC
shotsman
Member since:
2005-07-22

If they do produce a netbook version then bang goes their aim of getting everyone onto 64bits.
My Atom powered eeeBook is 32bit. AFAIK, going to 64bit will increate the power usage which will defeat one of the KSP's of these low power devices.

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RE: Comment by shotsman
by poundsmack on Mon 26th Jan 2009 20:52 in reply to "Comment by shotsman"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

but your netbook is current gen, and were talking about a next gen OS. Current Atom proc's with an N or a Z do not suport 64 bit, BUT all the next Atom's will same with VIA's Nano.

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RE: Comment by shotsman
by Kroc on Mon 26th Jan 2009 21:14 in reply to "Comment by shotsman"
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2005-11-10

The key to 64-bit adoption is for the difference between 32-Bit and 64-bit not be exposed to the user.

The fact you have to purchase or send-off-for a specific version of Windows, and then install it, and then download different EXEs and installers is what prevents, and will prevent Windows 64-bit ever reaching mainstream adoption.

I am freaking glad that Snow Leopard may make the whole 32/64-bit thing totally transparent.

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RE[2]: Comment by shotsman
by google_ninja on Tue 27th Jan 2009 01:06 in reply to "RE: Comment by shotsman"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

You can run 32bit apps on x64 just fine 99% of the time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOW64

Edited 2009-01-27 01:07 UTC

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