Since I’ve recently upgraded to a 64-bit capable processor, I’m considering running the 64-bit version of Windows 7. I’ll probably wait until the RC becomes available (hopefully soon!) and then test the 64-bit version first. The 32-bit Beta was incredibly stable; I’m hoping the 64-bit version will be as well.In order to test application compatibility, I decided to install the 64-bit Beta in Virtualbox. The latest Virtualbox will run 64-bit guests in a 32-bit host (as long as your hardware supports it). In order to get the 64-bit installed, I had to use the following settings:
- ACPI: Enabled
- IO APIC: Enabled
- VT-x/AMD-V: Enabled
- PAE/NX: Enabled
I also had to set the OS Type to “Windows 7 (64 bit)”. At that point, I was able to install Win7 x64 normally!
We’ll see how the testing goes next. 🙂