- The additional computing power,
- the additional security and
- obviously the benefits of breaking the 4Gb memory barrier
There’s no doubt that 64 bit is better but the problems standing against people who want to upgrade include…
- Driver support – Less of an issue for newer hardware, but some hardware vendors still don’t have 64-bit driver support for their products and, sadly, many people only find this out after they’ve installed a 64-bit OS.
- Firewall support – There is still no free stand-alone firewall that runs on a 64-bit version of Windows. Why? Currently if you want anything other than the standard Windows firewall these companies will force you to buy their not-really-worth-the-money security suites.
- Software support – Apple were late to come to market with a 64-bit version of iTunes and they’re not alone. There’s still a lot of software that won’t run on a 64-bit OS.
- Run the 64-bit version of Internet Explorer (for better stability and security) and visit YouTube, or any other website running on Adobe Flash. You’ll receive a message saying that there’s STILL no 64-bit version of the Flash player.