Vista 64-bit Added as Standard Option

Posted on July 7, 2008 by Jon Bach

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We have just added the 64-bit versions of Vista to all our custom configure pages. We have been selling it on request for some time now, but this change will certainly increase its exposure and adoption with our customers.

This addition might seem overdue, but we had to very carefully evaluate the potential problems, as we have seen many problems with Windows XP 64-bit. We're happy to report that we feel Vista 64-bit is ready for mainstream use, and look forward to using it to solve the memory limitations of 32-bit!

alex530

What specifically makes you believe that 64 bit is ready for mainstream usage?

Posted on 2008-07-09 22:27:29

In addition to simply qualifying that all our product line has Vista 64-bit drivers, we have experience through the builds we've done in the last year by special request. It's amazing that 10% of our Vista sales in the last few months have been 64-bit, and up to this point they've all been only by request. We also have our production manager running it at home for more "user experience" testing.

Windows XP had a problem where it was released when 64-bit was unheard of. All the device manufacturers created 32-bit drivers. Later, when Windows XP x64 came out, many manufacturers didn't bother making new drivers. This leads to a very poor experience, as you're quite likely to run into driver problems. When Vista came out, everyone had to write new drivers, so they went ahead and created 32-bit and 64-bit drivers, since both were predicted to have demand in the immediate future. So, our experience has been that Window XP x64 still has a very poor experience, and we absolutely recommend against it, but Vista 64-bit isn't so bad.

Keep in mind we are in no way trying to push 64-bit -- in fact, you'll find we recommend avoiding it if possible. But if you want a system with more than 4GB memory, it *is* an option that we are comfortable enough listing as a default option. As with any option, you should know the pro's and con's of the choice going in -- and if you need help with that, that's what we're here for! Our service reps work with many people each day, in conversational dialoge helping them make the best decision for their unique situation and desires.

Posted on 2008-07-10 01:00:43
Semper Fuzz

Well said Jon, as for me a Gamer i stick with XP-Pro. I have still seen no proof that Vista 64 is good for gamers. I mostly play BF2 and COD4.

Posted on 2008-07-10 11:12:55

I'm one of the folks who specifically asked for Vista x64. Adobe Lightroom will be out with a new version soon that is designed for 64 bit. Since that's one of my main programs, and the one that has the most "need for speed" I wanted the 64 bit capability.

I've been running it for about 2 months now, and I'm generally happy with. I've had no driver problems at all. I did have problems a week or so ago, but I think they may have been heat related since after I increased my fan speed from low to medium they stopped for the most part.

Has it been totally trouble free? No, not hardly. Has it been usable enough for normal day to day operations? Yes.

Posted on 2008-07-10 21:02:46