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Vista 64 bit compatibility issues?


 
bullguy I am deeply concerned about security certificates and Windows Vista 64 bit operating system.

Has anyone tested the download of the book on a 64 bit Vista system without a security certificate? (I seen the other thread but 64 bit was not mentiond)

For those of you who don't know: With Windows 64 bit Vista system, Microsoft has blocked the ability to download executable files that do not have a valid security certificate.

Please correct me if I am wrong.

1. A security certificate cost around $500 a year to own. I am guessing that most small companies or users cannot afford one each year.
2. Our e-book downloads come in the form of an .exe file which is executable.

Since last year I have been looking at the sales of the 64 bit Vista in my local area. Since many consumers don't know about the download issue and others may not care. In the stores they are getting cheaper now. A local ad at best buy had 6 desktop ads. 5 of them were 64 bit Vista systems and several were only $800. Since you can upgrade past 3GB in RAM (many no have 4GB, 5GB and upgradable to 8GB) it is tempting to purchase one of these computers. Also, they sell to gamers who need large amounts of resources to run games.

I talked to a sales representative at Best Buy and they told me that the 64 bit Vista was selling extrememly well! My point is that the 64 Bit Vista is becoming more and more likely (especially for ignorant consumers).

So have anyone tested the e-book download on a 64Bit Vista system without a certificate? If so, was the file able to be downloaded and installed without issue?

Any feedback and thought would be greatly appreciated. I hope my worry is unfounded.


Posted on: 11:00 pm on July 7, 2008
EBookCompiler My understanding is that only Kernel mode drivers (i.e. stuff to support devices, and which runs effectively as part of the operating system) must be digitally signed to run on Vista 64.

See third bullet point at this URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_and_safety_features_new_to_Windows_Vista#x86-64_-specific_features


Posted on: 8:20 pm on July 16, 2008
bullguy Thanks for posting the point I do feel a little more easy as I was worried about this.

I would really feel at ease if anyone has a 64 bit sytem and can confirm there is no problem with the downloads. Perhaps it's the complaining and speculation forum posts I have been reading around the net.

Obviously if there is a problem with Vista 64 bit that blocks the ability to download our books would be a huge problem for most of us.


Posted on: 4:34 pm on July 17, 2008

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