Windows 7 x64 - Firefox Does Not Work in 64-bit
Turns out there is still not a 64-bit version of Firefox. WTF? I guess I just assumed there would be by now. There is a hacked together branch that a group has made, but there is no Add-on support. Which is my whole reason for using Firefox, without Add-ons, I may as well use IE.
It will run in 32-bit compatibility mode, but disables add-ons and extensions, and also makes you confirm that you are running in 32-bit mode on every startup. Not cool. Again, deal-breaker.
Google doesn't seem to have much info on this. Does anyone out there have a better workaround?
If not, I'll have to go back to 32-bit I guess.
I don't use firefox, (or its associated addins) but I quickly kicked up a 32bit version here and it was able to install a random addin with no issues.
You'd think there would be an official 64-bit Firefox already, but 32-bit is working fine for me.
I know, I know - Flash is a terrible blight on the internet, but you just can't avoid it if you like watching video online.
Please forgive my ignorance :P
My objection is that a site built out of flash has no fallback. If you use a browser/device that dosn't/can't support flash for whatever reason you end up with nothing. All the data is locked into a magic box that can't be got at. Most of the time it dosn't affect me at all. Sometimes its a pain.
-Long history of causing browser crashes in any OS or browser
-Removes ability for search engines to crawl the content
-Removes accessibility features (blind/deaf/impaired vision/etc)
-Breaks standard browser functions like forward/back/refresh/stop
-Makes the web depend on a single company, which is never a good thing (see Linux flash or 64-bit flash support for real world examples of why)
-Devices that don't support flash but DO support browsing are left in the dust
-Enables the worst kind of ads that make you want to gouge your eyes out
There are competing offerings like Silverlight, but it has almost the exact same set of problems, or worse. Maybe someday HTML5 (or 6,7,8?) will obsolete Flash...
Initially it was throwing a confirmation that "this shortcut is modifying the program" or something to that effect, which I was able to turn off by completely turning off UAC notifications. Even on the lowest setting it was throwing them.
Now, it runs happily in the 32-bit mode and Flash is working, etc. Guess it was my own stupidity. I must admit, I completely skipped Vista, and never ran 64-bit XP because there was NO compatibility back in the day. I just assumed things would be compatible now.
Before installing 7, I searched around about installing 32 vs 64 bit to see what the current concensus is, and everything I found, including an article on Gizmodo, said to just use 64 now.
Now, back off topic, to add to the Flash discussion, another reason Flash is annoying (besides what others have said) is that it's a CPU hog. The current version can't utilize DirectX or anything so all processing is done on the CPU, it can't offload to the GPU. I hear the next version will add that capability though.
Win 7 x64 is good.
Browsers don't run too well yet under 64bit environment.
No official release of FF x64, and Adobe (at last count anyways) are still dragging their heels @ x64 flash under windows.
Win 7 support is a helluva lot better than Vista's was.. but companies are still fighting the push to new architecture.
And seriously, with the processors & speed of FF x86, and the underlying OS, I don't envisage a great push by Mozilla to FF x64
Just my £0.02