What kind of operating system do you use - 32-bit or 64-bit?

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What kind of operating system do you use: 32-bit or 64-bit?

  1. I use 32-bit only.

    85 vote(s)
    63.4%
  2. I use 64-bit only.

    29 vote(s)
    21.6%
  3. I use both 32-bit and 64-bit, but prefer 32-bit. (Why?)

    10 vote(s)
    7.5%
  4. I use both 32-bit and 64-bit, but prefer 64-bit. (Why?)

    10 vote(s)
    7.5%
  1. xMarkx

    xMarkx Registered Member

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    What kind of operating system do you use - 32-bit or 64-bit? 64-bit was just introduced less than 4 years ago, how quickly has 64-bit become popular to use..

    If you use both, then vote for the one that you prefer (e.g. you have Vista x64 and Vista x86 but prefer Vista x86 because it's more compatible with the programs you use or is more stable in general, etc.)

    Another question (not for voting in poll but to answer in reply if you want): You may have 32-bit now because when you got your computer 64-bit wasn't available or wasn't popular, compatible, and reliable enough. If you were to go out and get a new computer today, which kind of operating system would you get: 32-bit or 64-bit.
     
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  2. Threedog

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    I think if I was to get a new computer I would be tempted to go 64 bit, but for now I am stuck with my 32 bit.
     
  3. yashau

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    Been using 64-bit since early 2007.
     
  4. Osaban

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    What is the big difference that you've noticed using 64 versus 32?
    By the way, it goes without saying that I have Vista32, and so far people have been complaining about the lack of programs designed for the 64 bit version.
     
  5. yashau

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    Most people that complain are
    1) Lazy
    2) Ignorant
    3) Read some crappy fanboy article online about how much 64bit sucks without ever trying it themselves
    4) Read number 3

    True that native 64bit applications are rare among most apps. It's not needed though. 64-bit Windows above Vista can emulate 32-bit apps perfectly with the same or better performance as on a 32-bit operating system. The only area where things get complicated are drivers. 32-bit drivers wont work on 64-bit. People who keep saying they can't find drivers for 64-bit shouldn't worry because for the systems/hardware that can run on 64-bit, drivers will be available. If they're not; it either means your system is too old or it's some off beat hardware like modems and stuff (yes people still use that in various parts of the world). There's the thing with security software though. Most of the big companies support 64-bit OSes now and Comodo/Outpost/ZoneAlarm/Prevx all have conquered the Vista Patchguard so why can't others? It's all a matter of time and whether you like it or not the world is gradually switching over to 64-bit computing. Most desktops/notebooks with 4GB of memory and higher (a usual amount of memory for a current PC) will usually come with Vista 64-bit pre-installed and honestly most of the guys who use it wouldn't be able to even tell the difference as not everyone is tech savvy.

    Performance is very nice on 64-bit on a good CPU. It's not so much in the raw numbers but on the overall smoothness of the OS. The caching and everything works differently.

    I would never go back to 32-bit and it would be a disadvantage for me I need to use 64-bit to make use of all my memory available since 32-bit is pretty limited.
     
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  6. Meriadoc

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    I use both 32-bit and 64-bit, but prefer 64-bit. (Why?)

    64bit=runs my software

    64bit=faster

    64bit=backward compatibility
     
  7. ThunderZ

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    Ran XP 64 for quit some time. Currently back on XP32, Vista Ultimate 32 and Win7 32. Vista and Win7 are on seperate drives that I swap in and out of my spare tower as needed.

    Other then a lack of security programs, which is changing, I had no problem with 32 bit programs on XP64. It includes a 32bit emulation\program folder as well.
     
  8. Kerodo

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    64 bit all the way here... that includes Vista x64, XP x64 and all manner of Linux x64 variants. Wouldn't return to x32 for anything....
     
  9. sukarof

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    Yeah, 64 all the way here too. I have it in Ubuntu and Vista. Only thing is that in Ubuntu it is hard core tweaking if you want to se flash. I have not yet managed to figure out how, but then again I always block 99% of all flash on the net anyhow and youtube is easily fixed with a desktop screenlet.
    In Vista there wasnt many 64bit compatible firewalls yet, otherwise no problems with drivers and such..
     
  10. chrisretusn

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    Answer: "I use both 32-bit and 64-bit, but prefer 64-bit. (Why?)"

    As for the why? My answer is really no preferece. I have four computers, all are 32-bit except for one. Makes no difference to me. They all work fine.
     
  11. Dark_Hanzo

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    I use only 32-bit OS atm (xp and vista), but I don't mind using 64-bit OS since I've heard alot of positive comments about it.
     
  12. xMarkx

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    I have 32-bit only because 64-bit was out, but wasn't commonly available on standard machines from Dell, HP, Acer etc. when I got my computer.
     
  13. Creer

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    I use 32-bit but since i have installed new Win7 (32-bit) i started thinking about Win7 in 64-bit version. Only one disadvantage i have found - my present security softwares won't work in 64-bit mode :(

    I have found interesting statistics (April 2009):
    From the "most popular":
    Windows XP 32 bit
    (+0.28%) 60.96%

    Windows Vista 32 bit
    (-0.91%) 25.49%

    Windows Vista 64 bit
    (+0.19%) 10.15%

    Windows 7 64 bit
    (+0.36%) 1.14%

    Windows 7
    (+0.10%) 0.83%

    Windows 2003 64 bit
    (+0.02%) 0.82%

    Windows XP 64 bit
    (-0.01%) 0.32%

    Windows 2000
    (-0.02%) 0.17%

    Other
    (0.00%) 0.13%

    more:
    http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/
     
  14. lodore

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    64bit vista home premium and 64bit debian Lenny.
    my parents computer has 32bit xp because there wasnt a 64bit version at the time.
     
  15. Creer

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    How about licence? I mean if you buy Windows OS for example in 32-bit version, and then after 1 or 2 years you decide that you want to try the same OS but in 64-bit version or just you prefer 64 over 32 because you have bought new 8GB of Ram?
    Does this type of migration possible without extra paying for upgrade or downgrade if you want change 64 to 32-bit?
     
  16. tipstir

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    I have built 64-bit systems for some years. Not a lot of software for them. Most clients just are happy with 32-bit systems. I myself run more 32-bit and had have ditched the 16-bit applications. So for me it's 32-bit on 64-bit CPU. I don't think 64-bit will be ever the norm, as what's next? 128-bit, 256-bit, 512-bit, 1024-bit and so on.
     
  17. noone_particular

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    The operating systems I use most are 32 bit. They do most everything I want done. Those that won't are run on a 16 bit system, Good old DOS!
     
  18. Arup

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    Went x64 when it was launched with both Ubuntu and XPx64 and never looked back ever since.
     
  19. Fuzzfas

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    I am about to attempt to run Vista x64. We will see... Not voting yet...

    If you have 4 or more GB RAM, 64bit is the way to go for not wasting your RAM.
     
  20. progress

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    I use 32-bit only :doubt:
     
  21. Windchild

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    I prefer 64-bit, but have also 32-bit systems for various reasons. 64-bit is simply better: things like the ability to actually use a decent amount of RAM and better security out of the box.
     
  22. Keyboard_Commando

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    32 bit XP + Win 7 on a couple of computers for general stuffs.

    And 64 bit Win 7 for games. Working nicely too! I am newly moved to 64 bit computing so it's early days ... too early for conclusions.
     
  23. c2d

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    Still 32 bit Windows XP
    but that will change in near future
    I m saving money for Windows 7 64 bit
     
  24. Noob

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    Im still on 32-bit but i'm really planning to change to 64-bit!!
    I hate the RAM limit
     
  25. wat0114

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    Both, x64 lately prefering it now because it's the way things are going and it is better.
     
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