I ran XP 64-bit since I believe about a month after its release.
I then installed a second HDD and installed Vista Ultimate 64-bit on that as well.
The reason I went with 64-bit Professional was the fact I had 4GB of RAM. Also, I wanted the challenge and the benefits associated with 64-bit.
First and foremost, 64-bit Professional was more stable than XP Professional 32-bit by a long shot. Especially when things weren't emulating 32-bit and you actually found software that could run in 64-bit natively. Like Firefox.
That being said, XP Professional 64-bit came with IE 64-bit. I believe default it was IE 6 as they weren't pre-shipped with IE 7, although w. newer versions I could be incorrect. That was a joke. You couldn't even do Windows Updates through it because MS said it wasn't a supported browser. Lmao.
In addition, driver support is nill. No one knows that the OS even exists. You waste your life away finding hardware that doesn't work with XP 64-bit. And you spend your money upgrading to stuff that does. Finally, when that's done, the software is still typically running in 32-bit emulation. Great deal there.
I remember I replaced my motherboard and Windows wouldn't re-register unless I called MS directly because of "vast hardware specification adjustment" or some bullshit like that. I called them and they had to transfer me to someone that actually knew that OS existed. I was told by the first two people there wasn't any 64-bit version of WinXP.
But no viruses! Lmao. Not a damn thing for that OS. Never ran a AV or Spyware program. Not that I do anything that justified ever putting it on a 32-bit OS I owned, but nevertheless, there's still to this day nothing in terms of malicious shit coded to attack 64-bit Professional to the best of my knowledge.
Saying that, I went to Ultimate. Never went back. I thought I would, but I never did. Vista is such a more dynamic, intelligent, and more robust OS than XP ever was. But more importantly, since Vista 64-bit was released at the same date that Vista was released, corporations actually make software for it. What a concept. Meaning you have software, drivers, and a more intelligent and stable OS. It really is a better OS than XP Professional 64-bit was.
Nevertheless, despite not having drivers for -anything- (and no, Rob, I don't want to hear how your printer didn't work on 64-bit Ultimate because until you know what 64-bit Pro was like you are absent of "I just got raped in the ass" sentiment), half the 64-bit software not running or even being recognized, no one knowing you even have that OS, no hardware support, and endless headaches...I loved that OS. Oh, I had to HACK my Zune software to work on 64-bit as wel. Nice MS product working on that MS OS (it told me to "upgrade to Win2000 or WinXP LOL)..
But I loved that damn thing. Still do. It's just that after using it for so long I refer to WinXP 64-bit as a rare hobby that 15 people over the world indulge in, not an actual mainstream OS. I think even the Ubuntu users laughed their ass off at that OS, lmao
I'd just say stick with 32-bit, though, or go with 64-bit Ultimate.
I remember one time a guy came in at my work and said he needed something for WinXP 64-bit, and they rushed in back to get me; we started talking and one of the other technicians walks up and goes, "Oh look, it's 15% of the WinXP 64-bit user base!"
Last edited by Vilgent; 05-21-2008 at 03:10 AM.