64-Bit Software Problems

We’ve begun covering 64-bit computing, due to the current availability of 64-bit hardware, and the slowly increasing availability of 64-bit software. See, for example:

Feedback On 64-bit Hard/Software

OS Swaps; 64-bit CPUs

To complement and extend the above, here’s another reader’s real-life experience with a 64-bit setup:

Fred:  I just yesterday communicated with zone alarm about a 64 bit version. since I just upgraded to win xp 64. ( it is really faster, and has a ie6 64bit. and zonelabs said there was no 64 bit version….seems as though they better rethink that.

also roxio 7.5 will not work on win 64 either. and nothing on their site about upgrades… —Larry Ravencraft

Thanks, Larry. The 64-bit stuff works, but as you discovered, there’s simply not a lot of software available yet. I see no reason to change my earlier assessment:

It’s still a little early for 64-bit software on the desktop; it’s mostly still a 32 bit (and even 16 bit!) world. Most of the performance gains from a move to 64 bit CPUs will come in the future, as mass market software slowly converts. The next version of Windows— code named "Longhorn"— will come in 64- and 32-bit versions, for example. But Longhorn is some 18 months out, at least….

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Fred Langa

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Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.