Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Looking for a 64bit capable Windows OS?

If you've got the following capable hardware and a need for "uber-powered" computing, you're in luck. RC1 of the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is yours for the asking. Here's what you will need per Microsoft's site:

Supported processors include:
AMD Athlon 64 processors
AMD Opteron processors
Intel Xeon processors including Intel EM64T
Intel Pentium 4 processors including Intel EM64T
1.5GB available hard disk space
Super VGA (800x600) or higher graphics card
CD-ROM or DVD drive
Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

I don't have any of these specs in house just yet, so I'll let you do the 534MB download and tell me how it works! The file is in ISO format and must be burned to CD.

C'mon, I just know that someone wants to click the post title, grab a free RC1 version and report back in! As a sidenote, the order site was a little flaky but once you add the free download to your cart, you can click the Cart button to get "past the flaky-ness".

Thanks to FlexBeta for the information.

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At 2/08/2005 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm runing RC1 for about a month now and it works extremely well with my Athlon 64 3000+ machine. Graphics drivers are a still quite a bit under construction and not up to speed yet so it is not very good for games (luckily I don't play them much) but it is awsome for everything else. I can only recommend it if you have some AMD64 capable hardware and don't play games.

At 2/11/2005 7:48 PM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

I wish I had the hardware to run this, but I just replaced a laptop with a Tablet PC. Clearly the Tablet isn't designed for this! But that would be cool....hmmm.....

Have you run any benchmarks or any tests to see how the OS takes advantage of the 64 bit chip? If nothing scientific, does it "feel" faster???



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