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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

    Nov 15, 2006
    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,

  2. gurutech


    Apr 23, 2004
    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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