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*** The Windows XP x64 Thread ***

Discussion in 'W Archive' started by Otacon, 12 Apr 2005.

  1. Otacon

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    As we know, the new 64bit version of Windows has now gone RTM, so I think its best that we have a central point of reference for this new platform.

    Keep all general queries and drivers requests in here, i'm also on the look out for some decent links so if anybody can suggest some, please do.

    Useful links

    http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/editions/64bit/default.mspx
    Microsoft UK official site

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/evaluation/upgrade.mspx
    Get the trial version.

    http://microsoft.productorder.com/clientx64/
    Upgrade your existing 32bit XP license from here. Note the T&C's and the shipping costs. Expired as of August 1st

    http://www.planetamd64.com/
    Useful reference for both applications supporting 64bit, and drivers. Their forums in particular are a great resource


    http://files.aoaforums.com/index.php?dir=217
    Alliance Of Overclocking Arts: Files Section - Nice source for both drivers and utilities, navigate from the left

    http://www.3dvelocity.com/articles/win64compatibility/win64softlist.htm
    Windows 64bit Compatibility Guide @ 3dVelocity - Excellent compatibility resource for both hardware and software

    Drivers

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_71.84.html
    nVidia Forceware drivers for x64 - version 71.84 (updated 11/03/2005)

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_udp_winxp64_6.25
    nVidia nForce chipset drivers (supports up to nForce3 only) - version 6.25 BETA (updated 19/11/2004)

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce_nf4_winxp64_6.39_beta.html
    nVidia nForce4 standalone chipset drivers (supports nForce4 only) - version 6.39 BETA (updated 01/03/2005)

    http://www.viaarena.com/downloads/drivers/HyperionPro64/VIA_HyperionPro64_V099.zip
    VIA Hyperion Pro64 chipset drivers - Version 0.99 BETA (updated 06/08/2004)

    http://www2.ati.com/drivers/wxp64-8-12-050317m-022144c.exe / Release Notes
    ATI Catalyst drivers for x64 - version 5.4 (updated 24/1/2005)

    http://preview.creativelabs.com/default.aspx
    Creative SoundBlaster Live/Audigy/Audigy 2 - (updated 01/04/2005)

    ftp://aiedownload.intel.com/df-supp...0.1026_BETA.EXE
    IAA (Intel Application Accelerator) for RAID - BETA

    http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/dlac97-2.aspx?lineid=5&famid=12&series=8&Software=True
    Realtek AC'97 Audio Drivers - version A.371 (updated 12/04/2005)
     
  2. machinist

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  3. Otacon

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    It would have been an idea, wouldnt it :o
     
  4. GM@N

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    Surprise Surprise Otacon starts another great thread, nice one ;) Thanks

    Getting tired of whats the best browser/AV/Firewall threads
     
  5. Otacon

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    They are creeping up again arent they? Time to bump the AV/FW thread me thinks...
     
  6. Abooie

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  7. NathanE

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  8. Mekrel

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    Good thread, can someone confirm/say this is a load of tosh: Taken from another forum :)

     
  9. Lil old me

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    So by RTM does that mean general release? Or is it still just MSDN?
     
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  10. Scott Salisbury

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    I don't think MS would go to all the trouble to build a whole new x64 operating system for only a few people to buy it. Give it time.
     
  11. NathanE

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    I'd say it's about 50% right... Here's why...

    It really doesn't matter that it's OEM-only, the Retail market only makes up a small fraction of total sales for Microsoft. The real reason why XP x64 isn't going to catch on yet is because there isn't a Home Edition.

    All the big hardware vendors like Dell, Sony, IBM (and numerous competitors that I can't mention) are all busy as beavers right now building their new business products around this OS.

    I would guess that common x64 drivers will all be classified as "stable" probably in a 2 or 3 months time. It won't take big hardware manufacturers like Nvidia, ATI, Intel and Creative long at all to get their drivers into tip-top shape. It's the smaller, less enthusiastic ones you need to worry about!

    The real x64 wave is not going to hit until Longhorn arrives in mid-2006.
     
  12. NathanE

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    MCSA? I think you mean't MSDN, in which case.. yes, at the moment only MSDN subscribers can download it.

    RTM means Release to Manufacturing... so as we speak millions of the XP x64 CDs are being pressed.
     
  13. Lil old me

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    Thanks lol whoops I couldn't remember the letter order so i looked down the page for a thread I thought had the right letters in the title, guess i picked the wrong one!
     
  14. LukeManUK

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  15. stuartam

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    any ideas when ocuk will be stocking it :D
     
  16. calnen

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    Can someone please explain the situation with this OS.. is it free or not, and if so where do I go to download it?
     
  17. machinist

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    lol at Otacon's sig :D

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  18. TheTiger

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    He got fed up of having his name typed incorrectly! :p

    Anyway let's keep this thread clean ;)
     
  19. NathanE

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    It's not free, it's never been free - only the beta's were free. Now that it is finished you have to buy it like any other Microsoft OS. That said, if you have a regular copy of XP Professional you can trade it in, in exchange for the x64 Edition - and as far as I know this IS free.
     
  20. megakid

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