I must admit I am really surprised by the result of this poll. Two-thirds of my readers prefer Vista x64 to Vista x86. More than 1000 of you took part in this poll. If you believe in the validity of this data, you must come to the conclusion that the transition to 64 Bit is already underway on desktops. However, it is a matter of fact that 4sysops readers are not typical computer users. Obviously, the majority of my readers are more tech savvy than the average computer user, and therefore more open to technological changes.
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I intentionally asked, “What is your choice?” because I wanted to know what I will install on my next laptop. Well, I would say that this has been a clear vote. I was unsure, because I know that if you move away too far from the beaten path, you easily run into time-consuming problems. But as things stand, at least among IT pros, Vista x64 is the most common choice.
However, these numbers do not say much about the situation in corporate networks, in my opinion. The question of whether it makes sense to deploy Vista x64 in a corporate network depends on many factors. In my organization, we will only deploy Vista x86 because we want to limit the number of problems potentially caused by the transition from Windows XP to Vista. If you are new to my blog, you might want to check out my series about the 64 bit vs. 32 bit topic. German speaking readers might be interested in my article that was published recently at the German magazine Computerwoche.