Customers testing the newly released Windows XP Professional x64 Edition have been getting startling error messages that anti-virus protection from at least two vendors—Symantec and McAfee—is not yet available. Symantec said it would be “monitoring the adoption of x64 very closely” but confirmed that virus protection on x64 was not yet available. Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0 will eventually support Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions, but no timeline for full support was provided. McAfee said the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is initially geared only towards developers, gamers and early adopter enthusiasts but they don’t see consumer adoption for 64-bit operating systems starting very soon. Full anti-virus support isn’t expected until 2006.

Customers testing the newly released Windows XP Professional x64 Edition have been getting startling error messages that anti-virus protection from at least two vendors—Symantec and McAfee—is not yet available. Symantec said it would be “monitoring the adoption of x64 very closely” but confirmed that virus protection on x64 was not yet available. Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0 will eventually support Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions, but no timeline for full support was provided. McAfee said the Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is initially geared only towards developers, gamers and early adopter enthusiasts but they don’t see consumer adoption for 64-bit operating systems starting very soon. Full anti-virus support isn’t expected until 2006.