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#1 yano

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 01:24 AM

I've been doing some thinking about WindowsXP Pro 64-bit. I was thinking about buying it and using it since I have a 64-bit machine, but I've also heard that it doesn't support many drivers. So I was wondering would I be better off waiting for Microsoft releasing Vista or waiting until they fix XP Pro 64-bit?

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 01:54 AM

Hi Yanowhiz,

Howzit going? Remember me? I talked to you a few months back when you were having some problems with your laptop...

Anyhow, about your question.... Ironically enough, about 3 hours ago, I was just reading about the 64 Bit version of XP in the latest PC World Magazine. In the review it said that Drivers were very buggy. The overall assessment by PC World was to wait until Longhorn (aka Windows Vista) comes out next year.

on a somewhat similar note, I can kind of relate to this...back in December, I decided to upgrade my system to the New PCI-Express Boards. I had to upgrade several components and in the end it cost me close to $1000. I am currently on my new PCI-Express System and I have to say that it was not worth it. The technology is still just to new...over time, I'm sure the Drivers will get better and PCI-Express will be a lot faster than the older motherboards...but at this point, if I could do it all over again. I would have waited.

Getting the newest thing isn't always the best idea....It almost seems like you become a guinea pig for the manufacturer....

Just my two cents.
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Posted 02 August 2005 - 02:46 AM

It would seem to me that unless I already had access to business programs written specifically for this 64bit system that would ensure significantly increased productivity compared Win XP 32, and therefore justify the expenditures in both financial terms as well as possible losses due to downtime and learning curve, increased productivity and production enough to justify increased expense despite the rapid depreciation that will take place for the op system itself due to short shelf live before Vista appears, and the increases in costs attributed to converting to Win XP 64 (as it will be a very short period that update will remain valid before you would need to update to Vista - 64 to stay current for support and prestige), it would be difficult to justify doing so at all.

Now, if you're talking about the toy value of having it on a machine or two and justifying the expense by attributing it to its training value - go for it, but a complete transition to a system which is already obsolete would make little economic sense as far as I was concerned.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 10:28 AM

Hello windowsxp550, yes I remember you. lol :thumbsup:
Thank you for your insight. I'll just wait for Vista.

But the only reason I built a 64-bit system back in June was so it would be ready for the next version of Windows, and I knew I wouldn't have the money when Vista would be coming out becaus I'll have to use all the money I have just to buy Vista.

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Posted 02 August 2005 - 12:09 PM

lets see i remember a quote from somewhere i dont remember where... but here goes "newer is not always better." just because the PCI-e is newer, i've heard awfully dreaded things about the drivers :thumbsup:. thats why i'm still stuck with my AGP 4x mobo. hey it worx dont it?

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