Quote from BuioI thought that was about what I wrote, but yeah.
And as for flashing forward 1 year, wouldn't Windows 7 be Microsoft's current OS? Which means it would be appropriate for them to start pushing for the x64 version more?
Anyway I don't really have any big benefits from using x64 version, but it is somewhat more secure and there are no big problems from using it (except from Creative and X-Fi drivers not being very good).
Here is a small test on 7-zip x86 vs x64:
Ive read about some MS engineer guy saying they already wanted Vista as 64bit only, but they had to trash that quite early because the PC manufacturers and bigger companies complained alot.
The point with 64bit is that its inevitable to use it at some point, the sooner you move on the better.
Seeing PCs sold with 8GB ram and Vista Home Premium 32bit Version makes me cry :P
The DRM crap is something MS mostly had to implement. Its as simple as that, not being able to playback HDDVD/BD while the fancy Apple System does it (with the same DRM crap) is just not an option.
Ive used Vista now for quite some time and never ran into any DRM problems(well not using DRM protected content makes that easy I guess).
The "increased" Hardware costs are not noticeable for the customers, every part got cheaper anyway and its not like if you run Linux/BSD/whatever your Hardware misses the parts needed to support the DRM stuff :D