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Re: Random off-topic stuff

Post by Norbert » February 10th, 2018, 12:42 am

I'm wondering why there are still so many 32-bit Windows users. Are illegal versions of Windows generally 32-bit, maybe? Are pre-installed versions of Windows on consumer PCs generally 32-bit? Maybe 64-bit Windows can't run 32-bit applications? Have Windows owners been continually upgrading their 32-bit systems, without a suitable/apparent option to move to 64-bit?
Also, if there's still such a large amount of 32-bit Windows users, which more or less forces developers to ship 32-bit programs, why would developers put in the extra effort to create 64-bit versions of their software?

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Re: Random off-topic stuff

Post by David » February 11th, 2018, 6:50 pm

Norbert wrote:
February 10th, 2018, 12:42 am
Maybe 64-bit Windows can't run 32-bit applications?
It can. (See WoW64.) It's 16-bit applications that won't run on 64-bit Windows, as I wrote here. But I don't think that's really important for most users.

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Re: Random off-topic stuff

Post by Falcury » February 12th, 2018, 12:12 am

David wrote:
February 11th, 2018, 6:50 pm
It's 16-bit applications that won't run on 64-bit Windows, as I wrote here. But I don't think that's really important for most users.
It looks like some people have managed to bring back support 16-bit applications on 64-bit Windows, by patching leaked Windows NT 4 source code for the NTVDM subsystem (see here). It looks like it would not be easy to build and install, though.

So, Microsoft apparently decided not to add support for 16-bit applications on their 64-bit OSes, even though they could (and still can) relatively easily do that.

ReactOS also added the NTVDM, and it can run old DOS games natively. ReactOS isn't 64-bit though, as far as I know.

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Re: Random off-topic stuff

Post by Norbert » February 20th, 2018, 12:24 am

Norbert wrote:
October 22nd, 2013, 3:34 am


Nice music too.
Still enjoy this one.

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