Possible Reasons to Stay with x86 Windows for PCs

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 11 April 2012 / Last Updated on 16 Sept. 2011]

You're going to migrate your corporate PC environment Windows 7. Should you deploy x64 or x86 Windows 7?

You're going to migrate your corporate PC environment Windows 7.  Should you deploy x64 or x86 Windows 7?

If you're thinking toward the future, then x64 Windows is the logical approach because of its larger memory and enhanced security (and because 64-bit is the future).  But are there any business-valid reasons you may want to still stay with x86 Windows for the present? Here are some possible ones:

    • Kernel-mode driver dependencies for legacy hardware

 

  • Legacy 16-bit code stubs which are often found in ancient installers
  • Lack of POSIX or OS/2 NT support if this is an issue for your organization

 

What about compatibility issues for 32-bit applications running on x64 Windows?  This is rarely an issue as most 32-bit applications will run fine on Windows 7 x64.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

 

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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