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64 bit a 32 bit killer?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by system6, Nov 15, 2006.

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  1. system6

    system6 Thread Starter

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    Obviously the translation to 64 bit will mean more power, and more ram support, but if someone installs the 64 bit version, are 32 bit apps backwards compatible?


    Is there a good reason to wait until most software is coded to 64 bit? I do understand that a 32 bit app gains nothing from running in a 64 bit enviroment, however, if I have a 64 bit app, and the plug ins are 32 bit I would think I will see some sort of processing increase. thanks,



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  2. gurutech

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    I don't have experience with 64-bit OS or applications, but I would imagine that the 64-bit OS would have a "32-bit compatibility mode", similar to how when WindowsNT was released, it had a 16-bit compatibility mode.

    The apps ran in their own memory space, and ran slower than true 32 bit apps (and tended to cause more problems as well.)
     
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