64 bit concern

  Chris_c310 00:43 03 Feb 05
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Im a bit concerned about what will happen when 64 bit operating systems comes in to practice.

This is because I have recently bought a PC with intel 3.4GHZ. But longhorn is on the horizon.

Will I have to buy a new processor and mother board when 64 bit operating systems come into comman use?

Will 32 bit processors become obsolete?

Neone know?

chris

  FelixTCat 08:07 03 Feb 05

Don't worry. 64-bit systems are not new, except in the Windows sense. XP 64-bit may come out this year but before it becomes mainstream and 32-bit disappears, all the current programs will have to be recompiled for 64-bit. There is such a huge base of 32-bit Windows that manufacturers will support it for years. 32-bit Windows will outlast your current computer.

The chief value of 64-bit is memory addressing and that is only really important for large databases. 32-bit can address enough memory for most applications.

Do't worry about Longhorn. It will not appear for several years, its new file system will be even later and Microsoft have announced that many of its features will be available as upgrades to XP anyway.

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