Microsoft Offers Free Download of 64-bit Windows XP

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Microsoft has released a test version of its operating system for 64-bit processors.  This public preview of Windows XP 64-bit Edition for 64-bit Extended Systems, which are computers using the new AMD Athlon 64 processors, is freely available for download.  Emachine M6807 and M6805 Notebook owners can take advantage of this offer.

The download is available here:

Using Microsoft’s Web site, people with computers based on the Athlon 64 can register to download the 450MB preview file for free or receive it on a CD for a shipping and handling fee. The preview version will expire after 360 days.  The only notebooks on the market that currently contain the Athlon 64 processor are the EMachines M6805 and M6807 laptops, released just two weeks ago.

EMachines M6807 Athlon 64 Based Notebook can Run Windows XP 64-bit Edition

Computers based on 64-bit chips can handle more memory and therefore increased performance, but few applications exist to take advantage of this new chipset.  However, several games, such as Unreal Tournament 2004, are in development now and will include 64-bit versions for Athlon 64 when released. Other 64-bit applications, for tasks such as video editing, are also in the works, AMD has said.



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