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Microsoft Boasts 64-Bit Windows 7 Uptake

For Microsoft's last two operating systems, 64-bit was a sideshow. But with Windows 7, some 46 percent of PCs are running the 64-bit version of the OS, the company claims.

The rapid uptick can be at least partially explained by the fact that more and more PCs are built to support 64-bit operating systems. Microsoft also excelled in providing 64-bit processor support with Windows 7, according to a leading analyst. DevX has the details.


Some 46 percent of Windows 7 PCs are running 64-bit versions of Microsoft's latest operating system, according to a company blog post. By contrast, only 11 percent of Windows Vista machines are running the 64-bit version of that system, and less than one percent of Windows XP PCs are running 64-bit version of Windows XP.

"With Windows 7, running a 64-bit OS is becoming the norm," Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) spokesperson Brandon LeBlanc, said in a post Thursday to the Windows Team Blog.

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Nearly Half of Windows 7 PCs Run the 64-Bit Version