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zoomy942
09-07-04, 11:25 AM
I am (hopefully) about to get an athlon 64 2800+.. well, i want to install windows xp 64bit.. is there any reason not to? do games run slower or anything like that?

intercede007
09-07-04, 11:41 PM
Don't use it as your primary operating system. You won't get anything done.

Don't use it as a gaming platform. All drivers available are in the alpha and beta stages, and developers aren't going to care if their latest creation doesn't run right on an XP64 platform it was never tested on in the first place.

Do play around with it and report any major bugs to Microsoft. While XP64 won't ever be a retail product, the things they learn with the WoW64 infrastructure and driver development may kick-start them on a Longhorn 64 derivative. This will light a fire under tier-one developers into putting out 64-bit compiled software.

It's a fast OS with little clutter and few background services. It's a great, and especially free, toy to play with. It's every bit as stable as XP32 has been, and once you get the ins-and-outs of things like IE32 figured out, where to install 32 bit software and what will work with it, it makes for a great everyday operating system.

AMD Athlon 64 Windows 64-Bit Extended Driver Support (http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/DevelopWithAMD/0,,30_2252_875_10454,00.html)

Check here for your driver needs. Many mundane things like NIC cards are included natively with XP64.