REally windows 8 question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Pasta88, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Addicted

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    Someone told me that win 8 might not be compatible with 32 bit PC's. Does anyone know if that is true?

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  2. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

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    too early for windows 8....windows 7 SP1 is not even out yet..and this is windows 7 section LOL
     
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  3. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    i think what your asking is MS os's gonna focus on x64 only. Well 7 works just fine so if i want 8 ill have to get new comp...lol

    @GAMEPOINT

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  4. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

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    haha..btw..i read somewhere that MS are focusing on x64 bit right now...that's the reason i installed x64 bit 7 on my laptop
     
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  5. Reign_Of_Freedom

    Reign_Of_Freedom MDL Expert

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    Rumor has it that x86 will not be offered. Just x64 and x128. Took awhile for x64 to catch on but it's come quite a way since windows xp x64.
     
  6. ahyanglf

    ahyanglf MDL Novice

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    I don't think so!
     
  7. timesurfer

    timesurfer MDL Developer

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    Actually my win 7 torrents are kinda popular at times and the 32bit is getting no seeds compared to the x64bit so I think "these times they are a changin"

    welcome to the x64bit revolution...lol

    p.s. I got 32bit comp :p...lol
     
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  8. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

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    ?? u don't think so what?LOL
     
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  9. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    No one really knows yet, but I will guess that Windows 8 will come in 128 bit and 64 bit versions -BUT- your 32 bit apps and games WILL run. Just a guess however but I am sure MS knows that most won't adopt it if it does not include backwards compatability when most games and apps are still 32 bit.
     
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  10. Stannieman

    Stannieman MDL Guru

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    The x86 and x64 people are talking about are actually both x86.
    32 bit is x86-32 and 64bit is x86-64 so it's also x86 but with a 64bit extension.

    There are no x128 (or x86-128) chips, so microsoft can't be developing a 128bit version yet.

    The 128 bit everyone is talking about is IA128, and that's the successor of IA64.
    So 128bit windows won't run on x86-128 if it's ever being made.
    Switching now to x86-128 already wouldn't make much sence cause we won't ever use that power yet.

    IA64 is the architecture of intel's itanium cpu's btw, and it's used in large servers.
     
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  11. Pasta88

    Pasta88 MDL Addicted

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    So I assume you guys are saying I should keep 64 bit PC that I just bought since it should be compatible with win 8 when it comes out?

    thx
     
  12. CODYQX4

    CODYQX4 MDL Developer

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    That reset windows looks very interesting. It could be a good alternative to a total reformat which I do alot (though haven't as much recently).
     
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  13. gamepoint

    gamepoint MDL Senior Member

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    yes...absolutely..64-bit is widely used now.I remember before windows 7 came out, it was hard to find a 64 bit software and driver..but right now, 64-bit softwares are widely used..better keep your 64-bit PC
     
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  14. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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  15. Rosco

    Rosco MDL Addicted

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    I heard Windows 8 won't even require a PC:confused:
     
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  16. Matrix Leader

    Matrix Leader MDL Addicted

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    All notebooks that I see for sale these days are shipping with Windows 7 64 bit. I don't see any reason anyone should use a 32 bit OS in today's days, especially that a 64 bit OS can easily run any 32 bit application. There are very few rare cases where an app will only run on 32 bit which I have never come across.
     
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  17. Micro

    Micro MDL Novice

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    128-bit x86 is a non-issue for Windows 8, since the hardware is not even pre-testing.

    Itanium processors are a non-issue also.
    Microsoft announced it was dropping support for Itanium in April of this year, with Intel's blessing.

    Intel feels the Xeon family is better suited for Windows and Itanium is more of a niche product (based on installed base size) suited better to Unix.
    Mainstream support for the Itanium versions of Windows Servers 2008 R2 family will end on July 9, 2013, with extended support ending five years later.

    The current plan is 64-bit only for Windows 8, with possibly a 128-bit version available somewhere in the Windows 9 devlopment lifecycle, IF the hardware appears.
    The next version of Office is also currently scheduled for 64-bit only, but that may change, since the business base is slower to adopt than the consumer base.
     
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