Does Windows 64-bit still have issues?

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February 16, 2011 at 17:29:55
Specs: Windows XP, 3.008 GHz / 2047 MB
Hello, years ago when I used to research upgrading to a 64bit OS, there were a lot of topics about how some older programs do not work or work really slow with a 64bit system. Is this still the case? A laptop I want has Windows 7 64bit OS and I want to be sure my old programs that I love still work.

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February 16, 2011 at 19:14:18
Yes, Window 64 bit has issues with older programs and that won't change ever.. Unless you can find the program at the Microsoft site, find verified data on web, or test you have then there is no way to be sure.

There are a few ways and tricks that may allow one to use the old programs. One is to use a virtual machine, another is to install the 32 bit OS, another may be to use dosbox.

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February 16, 2011 at 20:31:09
If you are willing to find replacements for the old ones with modern windows 7 compatible ones, Windows 7 64bit runs very well on modern hardware. Most issues I see are related to using old programs, using old hardware, using old methods or old utilities, etc. It is like someone purchasing a new fast processor, insisting on the MB having legacy support so they can save a few bucks and use their old IDE drive, parallel printer, Windows 95 era joy stick, etc. and wonder why their system is not fast. The same applies to software, in order to truly jump ahead and get the full use out of 64bit technology and seriously improve system security, we need to let go of our old ways and embrace 64bit fully. Only then will we really see more programs written to take full advantage of 64bit and multicore technologies and really see what they can do. Did you know that Windows 7 64bit comes with two versions of internet explorer, a 32bit and a 64bit. This is because most websites do not fully support the 64bit browser yet and many features still only work on the 32bit version.

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February 16, 2011 at 20:45:12
The sad thing is that new program updates are not always better. Some old programs run like lightning, do exactly what you need it for and clutter free. New programs today have tons of unnecessary animations that suck up all of your RAM and CPU usage, have a billion buttons every 4 pixels which are accidentally pressed, adverts to get you to try other software, etc.

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