Windows XP Proffesional 64-Bit EditionToo early... | Posted by Hobbes on Jun 27th 05 01:00 AM
Recently I made the switch from 32 bit processing to the new next generation of 64. Shortly after the switch how bad of a decision this was.
With a AMD 3500+ Socket 939 Processor and a Neo2 MSI Mainboard, I thought I was set. Then I found you could not even run a 64-bit program in a 32-bit enviroment(at the time I had Win XP Home, which means I was screwed.)
I had to waste the money to buy Windows XP Pro 64-bit Edition. After buying the OS, I was then told by a friend I could trial this version of Windows before actually buying it to make sure all of my drivers/software work. SHIT!!!.... if I did trial beforehand, mabe I would have been more prepared for installation or would have put off the install all together and wait a few more months.
Everything didn't work or install. Literally. Sound, Graphics, Mouse(??/), Printer, and ETHERNET(Internet was a major must for me, without it I have nothing... and I couldn't even access it with the new PC I bought and built. Waste of time, right?) Everything had a problem. Luckily, using my old PC, I was able to visit all of my hardware's manufact's websites and download all the updated Win64 drivers I needed. Although, it seriously was not worth the trouble. Not untill these 64-bit drivers are shipped with the hardware, and atleast are not in beta phases.
Ok... now, my point is, 64 bit processing is just not worth it for now. Even when some games, such as FarCry and Unreal Tourn 2004, have implemented patches that enable 64 bit features, it still isn't worth it yet. FarCry64 isn't even that great... it's slower then it's 32-bit version, and the only new features are a couple of new multiplayer levels. WHO PLAYS FARCRY ONLINE NEWAYSSS!?? LIEK 6 PEIOPL?
Save a lot of time and money, just wait another year or so before you make the switch. Better yet, just wait untill Intel releases their new "Cell" line of proccesors, by then I'm sure all of the little bugs you find now in 64-bit processing will dissapear. Believe me, 64-bit computing is worth it. It's just too early to invest in it.