Windows 64-bit is awful.

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Guest, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    So I put together this rocking computer with a 64-bit AMD Athlon, etc. etc,
    and I figured I should take advantage of the 64-bit architecture (like is
    being pushed on the Microsoft Web Site) but I have to say Windows XP 64-bit
    doesn't allow me to use many of my devices.

    Why oh why did Microsoft push this operating system on their web site? The
    beta stuff they are making doesn't even work with xp 64-bit. I feel like a
    chump and am being punished for trusting microsoft's advertising!
    Guest, Feb 13, 2006
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  2. They maybe pushing it, but they didn't force you to install it. Moving to 64
    bit Windows does have its advantages I believe primarily in the Server space
    where larger memory address space is important and processing power is more
    convenient for handlying more job loads. We have addressed it many times in
    here, if you plan on investing in 64-bit Windows, necessary research is
    recommended to ensure that existing applications and hardware devices are
    fully supported on the operating system.

    Charlie Russels website, and other great websites such as,
    the advice of many here and Google have been indispensible tools in helping
    to shape persons opinions, decisions and understanding of whether Windows
    x64 is right for them. I personally say its focus really on the client side
    is being a technical workstation operating system, if you want true consumer
    64-bit computing, Windows Vista is a better wait.
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Feb 13, 2006
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    psychosmurf Guest

    I'm having a completely different experience with my Windows x64
    environment. Not only did it take all of my old hardware, the old
    software is working to and MUCH better and MUCH faster. My games are
    playing a hundred times better in the x64 environment with server apps,
    background tasks and hard drive maintenance going than they did in the
    32-bit system with nothing but the operating system running.

    Sorry you're having such difficulties.

    My Rig:

    ASUS A8N-SLI motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 3700+ processor
    4 GB of PC 3300 RAM
    8 Hard Drives totalling 1.5 TB of Storage
    nVidia GeForce FX 6600 PCI-E Graphics Card With 256 MB of Memory
    Windows Server 2003 OS Tailored For Workstation Use

    Might be the server vs. professional difference that's causing the
    problem. Have you tried running the S2003 install?
    psychosmurf, Feb 13, 2006
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest


    I was wrong about the Buffulo external hard drive not working. It is working.

    Also, I use a lot of applications that need a lot of processor power, such
    as the Macromedia suite and the Adobe suite, including 3d stuff with erain's
    apps. Wouldn't you think this would be something that 64-bit processing would
    be beneficial? The lack of support has been mind blowing, and I have checked
    out planetamd64, etc and while they help, many applications (basic ones) have
    no plan to convert over to 64-bit. This wouldn't be a big deal if the
    applications worked even in its native bit mode but for whatever reason, many
    things (including all the mircrosoft new toys) don't work at all in windows
    xp 64-bit pro. They should give more warnings -- or at least the other side
    -- as in top 10 reasons not to upgrade.
    Guest, Feb 13, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    "Have you tried running the S2003 install?"

    Hmm, where would I go to get that?

    It does sound like your hardward is just not screwing around!

    So when you say:

    Windows Server 2003 OS Tailored For Workstation Use

    are you saying that you are using windows server 2003?

    If so, maybe it is just xp pro 64-bit that is problematic?

    Guest, Feb 13, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Oh, you mean server 2003! I have had great experiences with Windows 2003
    server. I just don't want to dish out that much money for my workstation ?

    Guest, Feb 13, 2006
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    or truthfully, here is what Microsoft should do:
    they should include a 32 bit version of windows xp pro on the same disk as
    the 64-bit, until they get their acts together on the 64-bit. Otherwise, one
    is screwed.

    Guest, Feb 13, 2006
  8. It was probably before your time, but the move from 16-bit to 32-bit had a
    similar level of challenge for early adopters. The reality is that until
    there is enough demand for x64 support, many suppliers of third party
    devices will not provide the required 64-bit drivers -and- until there are
    enough 64-bit drivers, customers won't move to x64 in large enough numbers
    to drive the demand.

    Applications developers don't have much to do to make their software work on
    x64 if it doesn't just work as is. Likely issues would be using ancient
    16-bit installer programs, installing custom software drivers (for copy
    protection or some other unusually deep functionality), or reliance on
    obsolete NT 4.0-era technologies like the POSIX personality. For the most
    part, there is excellent compatibility for 32-bit applications.

    There is no performance penalty for using 32-bit applications on x64, so
    there is no need for native 64-bit applications just for the sake of
    removing the "*32" from the task manager. The primary benefit of x64 is
    better support for > 2 GBs of RAM. Using x64 Editions means
    /LARGEADDRESSWARE 32-bit applications can make use of up to 4 GB of RAM
    rather than being limited to 2 GBs or 3 GBs in potentially unstable /3gr
    boot modes. Using x64 Editions means memory intensive applications can be
    written as 64-bit native applications.

    The problems people are encountering all revolve around needing a new
    generation of drivers for all devices written for 64-bit. This is precisely
    why the Windows XP x64 Edition is not sold at retail. It is only sold
    through the OEM channel where the system supplier can make sure that the
    devices in use have the required 64-bit drivers. If you built your own
    computer, then you are taking on the responsibility for ensuring you have
    drivers for the components you require.

    The release of Windows Vista will not remove the need for third parties to
    create 64-bit drivers to support the x64 SKUs. Until supplies hear from
    customers that they must support 64-bit or they will lose sales, they won't
    do the work needed to support it.

    Chuck Walbourn
    SDE, Game Technology Group

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Chuck Walbourn [MSFT], Feb 13, 2006
  9. If so, maybe it is just xp pro 64-bit that is problematic?
    For the record, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is built from exactly
    the same codebase as Windows Server 2003 SP 1. What's likely problematic is
    that you obtained an OEM-only 64-bit edition of Windows XP without verifying
    that the hardware devices you are wanting to use have 64-bit drivers
    available. The Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition requires the same 64-bit
    drivers for all your devices.
    Chuck Walbourn [MSFT], Feb 13, 2006
  10. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Feb 13, 2006
  11. We all went through this before, moving from 16 bit. And amazingly, if you
    do your homework before you spend your $$ you don't have problems. So, I'm
    in the market for a mobile printer. Did I run out and buy the HP? Or do my
    research and buy a Canon? I'll let you guess, but here's a clue - one works
    with both 32-bit and 64-bit XP. One doesn't.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 13, 2006
  12. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Feb 14, 2006
  13. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Feb 14, 2006
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    Rick Guest

    I guess you have to be a bit smarter than the computer. I have had Win
    x64 running for over 2 years now and I am very happy with it. I knew
    that there would be problems., just like when Win 95 first came out, but
    I was patient and waited for the software to catch up with the hardware!

    Win x64 is not for the impatient nor those that don't jump into it
    without do appropriate research and preparation.
    Rick, Feb 14, 2006
  15. Bingo! Gee, got it in one, Andre. Amazing.
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 14, 2006
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    Larry Hodges Guest

    I'm still waiting for my Canon multi-function Pixma MP500 drivers... :(

    Great printer however. I'm happy with it.

    Larry Hodges, Feb 14, 2006
  17. It's the multi-function that gets you, I suspect. I checked on the iP90 and
    there are the drivers, right there. :)


    Charlie Russel - MVP, Feb 14, 2006
  18. Guest

    Larry Hodges Guest

    :p. Gloating is not fair.

    Actually, I installed the Pixma iP4200 x64 printer drivers, and they work
    great...for the printing. So at least I have use of it as a printer. But
    when I scan, I have to lug it over to my other workstation running XP.
    That's not that often. I can wait. They should be out within a month or so
    according to the Canon tech I talked to.


    Larry Hodges, Feb 14, 2006
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    Torrey Lauer Guest

    Okay, since no one directly stated this, and obviously "CG" thinks it's
    Micrsoft's fault, it's NOT. THIS IS NOT A MICROSOFT PROBLEM!!!!!

    The problem is with the SOFTWARE VENDORS! Call them and complain that THEIR
    software doesn't work on Windows x64. The reason Macromedia and Flash don't
    work in 64 bit Internet Explorer isn't a Microsoft problem. It's the vendor
    that puts out Macromedia and Flash Player. That company needs to write a 64
    bit version of Macromedia and Flash Player to work. I suspect that they
    will have it ready by the end of the year as Windows Vista x64 will be
    pre-installed on a lot or PCs directly from the computer manufacturers.

    The only problem that I've had with Windows x64 is a printer driver for my
    HP printer. I am NOT mad at Microsoft about it since it's not their fault.
    I am, however, p**sed off at HP for not getting a 64 bit driver ready in
    time for the Windows x64 OS release!

    Torrey Lauer
    Torrey Lauer, Feb 14, 2006
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    Rob Perkins Guest

    My HP PSC 750 works without flaws when connected to my new x64 machine.
    And this is a device which is notorious (along with most HP PSC's) for
    never working properly on a Mac.

    Rob Perkins, Feb 14, 2006
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