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from what i heard, 64 bit windows requires a whole load of new drivers, if you have old hardware like digital cameras apparently windows 64bit wont install them, from what a friend told me...
 

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64 bit anything is a pain...good luck finding drivers for most cards and motherboard, good luck finding ANY program that even remotely uses 64 bit, cause you really wont (not for windows at least) its best to just stick with 32 bit xp for the next 3 years.
 

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*****...by beta he means its still in testing by other companies...sure the OS is released, hell even microsoft still doesnt have it right, and wont for a while, also programmers have to program their software in 64 bit and so do game companies and a lot of them arent very willing to do it.
 

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64bit technology wont be taken to the full until the 'almighty' vista comes out *rolls eyes*.

Only linux has taken it seriously so far. Every distro I've seen has 64bit editions. Microsoft only released XP64 to proove they could. They havent put anytime into it purely because the majority of machines are still 32bit. 64bit wont become mainstream accepted until companies like Dell and HP start getting they're backsides in motion and selling AMD chips with 64bit capabilities. Which, until AMD get theyre new production-places built, will be a while.
 
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