Microsoft butchers Vista yet again: say buh-bye to full HD playback in 32-bit Vista

“Microsoft revealed today that no 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will be able to play back ‘next generation high definition protected content’ (translation – studio-released BluRay and HD-DVD movies),” Dan Warne reports for APC Magazine.

“By far the majority of PCs use 32-bit processors, because despite AMD’s efforts to push 64-bit CPUs into the marketplace early, Intel’s first widely-promoted 64-bit CPU is the just-released Core 2 Duo,” Warne reports.

Warne reports, “PC users will now have to choose between a PC that can play high definition content (64 bit) versus one that can potentially run older devices that only have unsigned drivers available (32 bit). ‘Signed drivers’ are ones that have undergone a Microsoft quality-assurance process and received a digital certificate that certifies them as stable for installation on 64-bit Windows.”

“Microsoft’s move to drop support for playback of studio-released HD movies on Vista is likely to anger the large number of people who were hoping they could use their existing 32-bit PC with an upgrade version of Vista,” Warne reports. “The surprising disclosure was made by Senior Program Manager Steve Riley during a presentation on Windows Vista security at Tech.Ed 2006 Sydney today.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What a trainwreck. They should’ve kept it “Longhorn,” they butcher it so much. For cryin’ out loud, Windows-only people, what are you waiting for?

Get a Mac. Here have a look at a couple of real operating systems: Mac OS X Tiger Features and Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek. Get yourself a Mac – it’s okay, it’s okay, IT’S OKAY, you can run your Windows and Windows programs on it at native speeds. Try out Mac OS X at your own pace. We’ll wait.

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Gartner analyst: It’s a ‘distinct possibility’ that Mac OS X Leopard will ship before Windows Vista – August 07, 2006
Tech Pundit Kay: Microsoft Windows Vista likely to slip again – August 01, 2006
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What Microsoft has chopped from Windows Vista, and when – June 27, 2006


  1. How do you think this will affect the adoption of Blue ray and/or HD-DVD optical drives?

    I think it will be slowed down significantly, as most of the PCs made will still use cheaper 32 bit processors, due to the continuing trend of even cheaper PCs. That means these drives won’t be adopted in the volumes necessary to get the price low enough for mass adoption.
    By the time time they are cheap enough they would already by outdated by perhaps another technology, or one or both of these formats would be a failure.

    What do you think?

  2. This is not a big surprise for people, like me, who have used the Vista Beta. It is a system resource HOG – even when you aren’t running any apps at all! I can imagine that the HD Codec is just too much for a poor old Pentium IV to handle (joke).

  3. Blu-ray playback will be in Leopard for sure, both the 32- and 64-bit versions-since they’re both the same. Well Vista Media Center or whatever will be pointless now. Get a Mac Mini Core Duo. Already capable of full 1080p playback with Quicktime.

  4. Can Apple’s Hardware Play HD Movies? :

    Macs can make them so i think its logical that they can play them back ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />
    In case you are wondering, its called iMovie HD (part of iLife ’06) and it works fine on my 17″ PB which is about 3yrs old. Nice try though.

  5. Why are people still interested in this crap called Vista? Seriuosly, no IT groups are going to promote an upgrade until there is aService Pack 2 any way. And all Microsoft is going to do by selling Vista with lots of bugs and cut features too early is:
    1. Piss off OEMs
    2. Piss off consumers
    3. Piss off PC columnists

    It is a lose-lose for Microsoft. The question of the day shouldn’t be if Dell is doomed, but whether or not WIndows Vista is doomed? Most of the stuff promised originally by Microsoft to developers have been slashed out of the OS.

    Hey PC maggots: Please tell me why PC users are still interested in Vista discussions? Hopefully Ubuntu and other Linux varieties gain some ground because of this. Apple will by default.

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