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Windows 8 To Support 128 Bit Architecture

Leaks about Windows 8 details say Microsoft is planning a 128 bit operating system for 2012. Imagine what all changes will be required to run applications on the Windows 128 bit architecture. News about Windows 8 beta forced me to conduct a feasibility analysis of 128 bit architecture for Windows 8.

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As of now, most of the applications built for 32 bit processor are in the process of being modified to meet the needs of 64 bit operating systems. Some are not even compatible with 64 bit Windows. Under such circumstances, it is almost impossible that even the major software vendors (including MS itself) can work fast enough to make their programs  compatible with the 128 bit Operating System scheduled for release in 2012 (they cannot ignore 64 bit compatibility as it will cause performance depreciation).

We cannot expect the major players to create a steady, working, 128 bit processor that can handle a 128 bit operating system - not even in next five years. All we can expect is an enhanced multi-core processor. This can be something in the lines of 32 x 4 processor chips in same CPU. You will not get much performance as discussed above. Some performance can be achieved by modifying the system, data bus and improving cache handling via the 128 bit architecture. 

There is no way the Windows 128 bit architecture can be based on a single core 128 bit processor. Hence, the number of system bus n data bus has to be increased and furthermore, they should be used by Windows 128 bit, for increased performance. This is possible only if Microsoft works closely with any hardware vendor. As of now, there is no such news in the air.

If Microsoft is able to setup the Windows 128 bit architecture to handle cache for multi-tasking, it will really be a giant leap that will change the future of computing. Further, the computers can use multiple, multi core data cards to enhance the performance. This would also require the peripherals to be updated so that they can work with the 128 bit OS. I cannot imagine how the hardware vendors can implement this in even another decade without compromising on costs and expenses.

With even the RAM chips to be compressed to include more GBs, it will take much time and effort before the "leaked" Windows 128 bit architecture can be implemented. What would be the cost of such computers? Can the average person even dream of buying such computers?

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March 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM delete

well regardless of what the new windows 8 is called i would still like somehow to beta test it , i have been working with windows and linux and enjoy testing new software to its reasonable limits , i also fix computers and am one of the few people who doesnt allow my operating system to freeze at all , there's always a work around or temp fix to help with testing , i also kinda unofficially seen the windows 7-8 extreme edition running and had the opportunity to repatch drivers and stuff , so what it comes down to is i would rather do this legal because i dont believe in ripped off software , but i really need to advance with all operating systems

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