"It Works! Well!"on by RichBenn
Pros Speed, Compatibility, The Future is here!
Cons Make sure drivers for your hardware are there; OEM only.
Summary I made this a 10 to make up for all of those here who don't really have the OS and are writing unfounded opinions. Probably, though, I'd give it a 8.5 or 9, otherwise. I ran dual boot for the CPP (customer product preview) beta versions, and once all the drivers were there, it ran flawlessly. It seems to boot MUCH faster than XP (no formal test, though), and has run every 32 bit program I've tried (including games!). So if you have a 64 bit processor, and it has drivers for your processor (likely, since not many 64 bit processors have old, unsupported hardware, and many basic standards are supported), then why wouldn't you go that way? As 64 bit programs come available, things start really speeding up.
They have a free preview of the release version, so you can test it out to make sure it finds all the right drivers, rather than "wait", and then buy it from a reseller as an "OEM" version by bying a power cable or some such. Or you can trade in your XP pro version if bought in the last year.
Pros Boots faster. Yay.
Cons Not even Microsoft writes drivers to support their own hardware, runs so many 32 bit emulators to make programs work, it slows the system down
Summary I noticed there were no recent reviews to warn the average Joe against buying this system, so here it is in plain English...do not buy this system unless you know exactly what you are doing. I have been hoping for the last 8 months that Microsoft would do something with it, but that hasn't been the case. I even called them to ask why they haven't even released a driver for my Microsoft wireless keyboard and mouse. The "service" person (who was probably halfway around the world) didn't even know what x64 was! This goes to show that Microsoft has no plans to improve this OS and you are left running a lemon. In addition, if you look at the task manager, you'll notice that almost every process has a mirror process with a *32 next to it that makes the system slow and if you're running iTunes...forget it. There's almost a 4 second lag between mouse click and response (doesn't recognize my iPod Shuffle, either). My four year old laptop with a P4 runs smoother than my "top of the line" Athlon 64 bit processor. Need I say more?
Pros good for when 64 bit apps are launched
Cons There are a scant few apps out using 64 bit code
Summary It is great to know that we are all getting ready for the "64 bit revolution". However with so few apps that use the code, there is not really a reason to upgrade your OS. In my opinion, I think that perhaps the release is too soon. But on the other hand, all i can argue is that the release of Xp x64 edition will if anything stimulate the market to produce more mainstream products that take advantage of the 64 bit architecture.
Pros Loads quickly and MS programs in the bundle work well
Cons driver!!!! drivers!!!! drivers!!!!
Summary I got the evaluation version of the program from the MS website to try it with my new ECS P4800PRO M V1.0A motherboard and P4 dual core processor.
I loaded it onto my second hard drive. It loaded fine. This way I can dual boot with XP 32 on my main hard drive.
Microsoft warns that 64 bit drivers are necessary for any installed hardware to run. They aren't kidding.
All of the motherboard mounted hardware on my system is recognized. This consists of Cmedia sound, ethernet, com port, printer port (don't know if anyone even uses the last two anymore), onboard video works and my AGP XGI Volarie V3 add on video card works.
The are no drivers available for any of my other add on cards: SB 128, Haugepauge Tv card and Linksys wireless adapter.
I can't access the internet yet, but have a wireless ethernet bridge ordered which I'm hoping will solve that problem, because there are no drivers necessary to connect it.
The only existing hardware that works is my cheap HP deskjet 3520. HP has a beta 64 bit driver for it on their website and it works fine. Cudos to them. Now if the other hardware manufactures will wake up we might get somewhere.
It loads much faster that the 32 bit version at least for now, but that will probably slow down a bit as I get more programs loaded, and hardware that actually had drivers that work.
Will I actually put down my hard earned money to buy it when my trial version runs out? I sure will.
Last night I downloaded Grisoft version 7.5 64 bit antivirus. Loaded it into Windows 64 and it works fine. Things are looking up. The new free version won't work with 64 but the pro version does and it's very competitively priced. My ethernet bridge should be here soon so I will see if I can get on the web with it.
Well, I got my ethernet bridge installed and running today so now I can get on the net using XP64. Did the updates, 48 of them anyway. Everything is working fine so far. I would much rather be able to find drivers for my existing hardwar than have to find new hardware such as a sound card, the onboard sound doesn't have the options I want, and TV card, but all in due time.
"Install and driver issues potentially serious but OK after that; Not all software will load"on by lwk3
Pros Boots and runs quickly. Familiar interface. Appears stable.
Cons Very difficult setup from OEM version. Not enough 64 bit apps yet. Microsoft's lack of attention to the driver issue leads me to believe that this OS may be a dead end.
Summary My system: Asus K8V, AMD Ath/64 3200, 3GB ram, 2x250GB SATA disks as RAID 1, NEEDED 100GB IDE DISK TO LOAD THE OS. ATI Radeon 9800XT, Adaptec Fireconnect 4300 (1394 card).
Mboard supports SATA and IDE RAID 0 or 1.
=> Will be used as a video editing station <=
=====> OS setup would not recognize the RAID array (created by the K8V's BIOS setup) so I had to include an IDE disk on which I loaded the OS, and will also load all the applications (an annoyance, but not a deal-breaker).
Interestingly, Suse Linux 10.1 loaded on the RAID array and ran with absolutely no problems other than warning that not all RAID arrays are suppported (but it recognized this one just fine).
The ASUS K8V mboard driver/support disk would not load at all - I had to download hardware drivers off the Internet (from the manufacturer sites, NOT FROM MICROSOFT - don't make the mistake of using drivers from MSFT). I could not use the ATI TV Wonder VE card at all - I will get an ATI card that uses a Theater 550 processor (Elite model) as there are relevant drivers listed for WINx64 on ATI's site.
All other hardware drivers loaded OK, but I had to uninstall and reinstall the video card before the drivers loaded properly.
=====> Once drivers were loaded the OS appeared stable. However, not all software would load (probably incompatible setup routines) and I did not feel like trying to install that software one program at a time.
MS Office XP apps (Word, Excel, etc.) loaded fine. Firefox 1.5 loaded fine also.
=====> OS boots quickly on this machine, no hangups so far (I will post more comments after some time using the OS and applications on this computer). Software also appears to run OK, but heavy testing has not yet been done.
=====> Bottom line - if you need aPC with 64 bit OS, either buy a system with WINx64 pre-installed (expensive?) or use a 64 bit LINUX installation. This OS is neither easily or quickly set up from scratch (as opposed to SUSE 10.1 which sets up easily).
The OS appears to be quick and stable once installed. More later...