I'm a sysadmin in a govt organisation of 800 users, we currently run XP 32-bit on our desktops with Office XP and 2002. My team leader wants to go 64-bit Windows 7 - I think we should only go 32-bit Win7 because:
1. 95% of our users barely use the current memory they have, we wouldnt use the extra ram if our hardware had it. They just use Office and IE and other standard apps (eg Adobe Rdr).
2. 32-bit drivers for hardware wont work. Some printers may have issues for example.
3. We are jumping the gun, perhaps go 64-bit when Windows 8 is out in 2012.
4. Some apps may not operate under 64-bit.
5. Not many desktop apps are written for 64-bit so why bother.
6. Going 64-bit server-side has no bearing on the desktop. What you do with your desktop in terms of apps and Office should drive OS and hardware choice.
I just dont see any need to go 64-bit TODAY since MS will now pump out Windows on a more frequent basis. I think we should wait till Windows 8.
Id like to hear pros and cons on my stance. Anyone had any workplace experience/issues with win7 64-bit?