As promised, I reinstall my laptop with Windows Vista 64bit

29 בנובמבר 2007

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I decided to reinstall my D820 with 64 bit version of Windows Vista as involvement act with Gadi. 13 minutes of installation. All hardware was found and all drivers were installed (this why I love Dell). The same score as was with 32 bit version – 3.2. Fist run of Windows Update = 38 fixes (about 130MB, only required updates, downloaded and installed within 55 minutes including first restart). Another turn of Windows Update brings me additional 2 fixes (63.9MB of driver's updates and 10 minutes ). It downgrade my computer to 3.0. Now I have to add my computer to domain. It was done via VPN over WiFi and took about 10 minutes including security check, policy update and IPSec. After Vista was activated, come Office's and Live Suite turn to be installed. 

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Office installation took about 2(!) hours. Well, I do not know why it happens, however, let's go on and install VSTS 2008. The first step of VSTS installation required me to restart my computer twice. It looks like there are issues with "Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5 (x64)". However, after I "run as Administrator" the Visual Studio installer, the problem disappears. It looks like there are some files become locked, when running the installer without elevated permissions (THIS IS BUG). After the first step passed, I wait for another 35 minutes for VSTS to be completely installed. To be honest, in x64 HxMerge works a bit faster, then on x32 platform. Additional 15 minutes of MSDN library.

Well, overall experience of installations was rather bad, but much worse is how x64 works. More then half of system processes (see the example of such service – Console IME at screenshot)  are working in simulation mode, so performance of the system is sucks.

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What will be my next step? Probably, uninstall of x64 bit version of Windows Vista and installation of x32 bit system. I can not see real advantages of using x64 due to fact, that this software is not ready for public use and waste your system resources.

What do you think about this point?

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  1. Edward J. Stembler2 בדצמבר 2007 ב 5:43

    Before Vista came out last year, I was running XP 64-bit and experienced nothing but problems. NVidia only had beta (buggy) drivers for my GeForce video card at the time. My Dell color laser printer didn't work at all. I couldn't burn CDs or DVDs any longer. Not to mention the majority of my 3rd-party programs didn't work either (i.e. iTunes & Acrobat come to mind).

    On the other hand, I've been running Windows Server 2003 R2 64-bit as a web server for a while now and it runs great. It's running 64-bit IIS/ASP.NET and SQL Server 2005 64-bit.

    When Vista was released to partners back in November 2006 I specifically avoided the 64-bit version and installed the 32-bit version. I haven't had any problems with 32-bit Vista and was wondering if the 64-bit version had matured at all. I have 4GB of RAM which are not being fully utilized. But is sounds like from your experience I should stick with the 32-bit version.

    I really wish Microsoft would get their 64-bit act together though. I'd love to be able to take advantage of the extra RAM. I mean it's almost 2008 now and we're still running 32-bit systems?!

    Last month I was able to upgrade Mac OS X on my Mac Book Pro from the 32-bit version (Tiger) to the 64-bit version (Leopard) in less than 30 minutes. And everything works (for me) flawlessly. To be fair though, Apple has the advantage of controlling a closed hardware platform and they're not too worried about backwards compatibility of several generations.

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  2. Tamir Khason2 בדצמבר 2007 ב 13:40

    Thank you, Edward for comment,
    Actually, the limitation of 2GB RAM is rumors. x32 systems are limited to 2GB *per process*. So, even if you have 4GB RAM on your machine, it is not really seriouse limitation.
    BTW, in SP1 of Vista it shows real RAM amount in system info (more then 3GB) 🙂

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