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32bit drivers in 64bit OS

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by FrankJH, 15 Sep 2009.

  1. FrankJH


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,480

    Ok guys

    quick poll - who would suggest the usage of 32bit drivers in a 64bit OS (thinking Windows XP 64bit) if hardware manufacturer doesnt support / supply 64 bit drivers on our corporate desktops?

    Personally wouldnt touch it with a bargepole but a developer has forced our hand without actually looking at the support issues involved

    We arent touching Vista - and dont expect to do a roll out of Win 7 until mid next year at least ( or at least until SP1 is available)

    Is driver issue a non -issue or is it something to avoid?
  2. marc2003


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 20,206

    Location: England

    it won't work. simple as that. drivers have to be native to the OS.
  3. pingwing


    Joined: 9 Apr 2008

    Posts: 19,556

    Location: Bedford

    Sorry but that just screams NOOOOOOOOOOOO BAD IDEA! (and above is right, 64bit HAS to have 64bit drivers no way around it)
  4. Burnsy2023

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    Joined: 17 Nov 2003

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    Location: Southampton, UK

    Indeed. You need native x64 drivers be it XP, Vista or 7.
  5. bledd


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  6. FrankJH


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 22,480

    What I was suspecting thanks guys (for the swift responces)

    I keep on telling them that XP64 wasnt ever fully supported but they still want to trial it

    As soon as we can we are going to use Win 7 (in the IT department only) but for users we cant stop deploying XP

    Thanks again