I had exactly the same issue. I have a desktop games machine and bought paired corsair ram modules to get to 4gig only to find that I could only see 3.5 kind of dilutes the value. Speaking with microsoft I was told that I would need the 64 bit version however working as I do for a large corporate organisation I cheekily phoned the IT helpdesk to ask the rather knowledgeable gurus I know there to see what they thought. The response was "oh dear" you bought vista, silly boy would you like me to get xp back on thier for you before you throw your pc out a window.
Fortunately though I work from home ( hence can choose my own pc ) and can invoke the services of the great chaps in IT to get me out of this nightmare so going back to XP for reasons other than this but I looked for a solution quite widely to this very issue and I couldnt find one. Worse I found that if I upgraded to the 64 bit version I may struggle to find drivers for some of my hardware devices. This was quite surprising as I am not running anything I would term non standard and all of it is basically the best I could find when I built the machine.
Personally disappointed on this for the same reason as yourself. Doesnt matter if you need it or if you dont. Personally my "work" applications need nothing like the spec I have but I know the games I invested in this kind of spec for sure do. The 2 tier 32 / 64 bit thing was a nasty surprise. My question would be more along the lines of do we have a real choice?
If anyone has an answer to the last one I am all ears, if I could find a secure user friendly OS that didnt torture me with each update pls lets hear it. Pls bear in mind IT is not my occupation so its got to be something I could use.
Edited by Arioch13, 20 December 2007 - 05:49 PM.