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64 bit Windows available

by Nikola Strahija on April 24th, 2005 Microsoft began shipping 64 bit versions of its Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems today, opening up the prospect of a market for 64 bit applications.

Windows XP Professionalx64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition will cost the same as their 32-bit predecessors, but they won’t be available in shops. Microsoft will instead hit the market via OEMs, while existing OS owners can get a trade-in.

The only problem, found so far, may be the drivers. While Microsoft is claiming around 16,000 drivers with the new products, but it also admits some old components will not be covered.

Still, that’s unlikely to trouble AMD, which in 2003 the first to market with an x86 compatible platform with 64 bit support, and Intel which eventually followed suit.

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