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64-bit Windows Server 2003 & XP Pro Finally

Microsoft is announcing the general availability of the long-awaited product later on Monday. The company will start selling 64-bit editions of both Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional. The new Windows won’t be showing up on retail shelves, though. Customers who buy a desktop or server with a 64-bit chip will have the option of getting the new operating system, while people who own an existing 64-bit machine will have the option of trading in their old 32-bit Windows for the 64-bit upgrade. In order to effectively work in 64-bit environments, computer users also need updated drivers for their hardware add-ons, which are things like scanners and printers. There are performance gains that many types of programs can today get if companies are willing to slightly rewrite their applications. There are also ways that Microsoft can use the added bits to enhance security. Microsoft will make better use of the no-execute chip feature, which helps prevent overflow errors.

Microsoft is announcing the general availability of the long-awaited product later on Monday. The company will start selling 64-bit editions of both Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional. The new Windows won’t be showing up on retail shelves, though. Customers who buy a desktop or server with a 64-bit chip will have the option of getting the new operating system, while people who own an existing 64-bit machine will have the option of trading in their old 32-bit Windows for the 64-bit upgrade. In order to effectively work in 64-bit environments, computer users also need updated drivers for their hardware add-ons, which are things like scanners and printers. There are performance gains that many types of programs can today get if companies are willing to slightly rewrite their applications. There are also ways that Microsoft can use the added bits to enhance security. Microsoft will make better use of the no-execute chip feature, which helps prevent overflow errors.

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