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    Is Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Right for Me?

    White Paper



    Charlie Russel

    Microsoft MVP

    Author of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator’s Companion 2nd Edition (Microsoft Press, 2006)

    Published: May 2006



    For the latest information, please see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/default.mspx

    Abstract

    This whitepaper outlines the factors that users should consider before adopting Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. The paper starts by defining what 64-bit computing is, how it’s different from 32-bit computing, and its benefits. The paper then details who the key target audience is in the short and longer terms, and finishes with a discussion of the potential roadblocks to adoption.

    The information contained in this document represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation on the issues discussed as of the date of publication. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information presented after the date of publication.

    This White Paper is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT.

    Complying with all applicable copyright laws is the responsibility of the user. Without limiting the rights under copyright, no part of this document may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Microsoft Corporation.

    Microsoft may have patents, patent applications, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights covering subject matter in this document. Except as expressly provided in any written license agreement from Microsoft, the furnishing of this document does not give you any license to these patents, trademarks, copyrights, or other intellectual property.

    © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Microsoft, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server, and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

    All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

    Contents


    Introduction 1

    What Is 64-Bit Computing? 2

    What does 64-bit mean? 2

    What are the benefits? 4

    Who Is It Right For? 7

    Immediately 7

    Soon 7

    What Do I Need to Consider? 9



    System requirements 9

    Applications 9

    Devices 12

    Evaluation 13

    Windows Vista readiness 15

    64-bit readiness checklist 15

    Conclusion 17

    Glossary 18

    Memory Terms 18

    Processor Terms 19

    Related Links 20




    Acknowledgements

    Greg Amrofell, Microsoft

    John Clavin, Microsoft

    Serena Ho, Microsoft

    Shawn Maloney, Microsoft

    Padmanand Warrier, Microsoft

    Lisa Pere, Studio B

    Elsa Rosenberg, Studio B



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