More on Vista RC1 x64 Edition Wednesday, November 14 2007
In my last post, I was full of praise for x64 and was very pleased with how things were going. Oh how things can change! Those comments were based on success with hardware and running things such as Office 2007, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. And I must say, it really was going well, but I soon found out why x64 won't be many peoples platform of choice for some time yet.
It all started when I wanted to list a couple of items on eBay. Seeing as I had a few to sell, I though it would be a good idea to install Turbo Lister to help speed things along. Little did I know it would delay things by 20 minutes. After many attempts to install it, it just didn't exist on my system despite the fact that the setup reported no errors and appeared to complete successfully. At this point, I decided to cut my losses and just use the eBay web site to list the items. This produced problem two; the digital camera containing the photos of the items! Many of the same problems existed here, but long story short, it was apparent I couldn't use my camera with Vista x64.
This is only a small potion of my software hell with x64, which also includes the fact that it really didn't seem as quick and responsive as it's x86 counterpart. All this led to me digging out the x86 DVD and starting over, safe in the knowledge that I'd done my best to give it a chance. So in conclusion, if you really don't rely on Windows or you just want to play around, feel free to try it, but don't be surprised if you find yourself frustrated by compatibility issues and obstacles to getting things done. But if you're like me and you need things to just work, stick to the much more usable x86 edition. But also, if you're like me, you probably won't be able to stop yourself trying it anyway! :)