Uncle Bill has generously decided to allow us to download a beta version of the new XP64 which is designed for implementation with the AMD 64 bit chip. Honestly I was a little skeptical about the whole process, but I liked the idea of being able to run my x86 32 bit applications and be able to run some 64 bit applications at the same time. Being able to do both at the same time is a huge advantage. The only practical reason to use a 64 bit operating system is for mathematically oriented solution implementation I use it for working on some large math problems and of course the Captain Fractal Project.
Why would Uncle Bill be giving away 365 days of free XP64 product registration? I know the answer it is rather simple it has to do with the fact that the operating system for Windows XP64 requires drivers that are 64 bit while it will run most software that is 32 bit x86 driver compatibility is a huge issue. So basically if you are not running a standard rig with an AMD 64 chip and a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro nForce3 150 chipset you are going to have a hard time getting drivers. In fact the good people at Gigabyte don?t even bother to ship the 64 bit drivers with the motherboard. I actually had to force the driver installation on my Realteck TRL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC so that I could download other drivers from the internet.
The good people at http://www.planetamd64.com have some helpful information that allowed me to get through the instillation process. I will be putting together a full account of what I had to do to get the Operating System up and running with a complete list of links that were used here in the next couple days. Right now I am going back to the coding and recoding.