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AMD64 CPU + Mobo + WinXP Pro 64 Bit = Drivers?

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by Pankaj Bhushan, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Hi, how is everybody doing?

    At the outset I apologize if I am posting to the wrong group(s) but I was
    unable to find a suitable one (maybe someone can help me on this too). Here
    is what I wanted to know:

    I am planning to put together an AMD 64bit + 3000 CPU - based system

    1. Can I install Windows XP Professional 64Bit Edition (I have a
    pre-release preview version) on this system?

    2. Does this OS or CPU require device drivers for periphereals (AGP,
    audio, LAN,.....) that are specific to it?

    3. Can I use "regular" software on this installation:- I mean like
    Microsoft Office XP 2003, Adobe Premiere Pro, PowerDVD XP, Mozilla,......?

    I shall be very grateful if somebody can send me pointers on these as well
    as any other relevant issues I may not have addressed here.

    God Bless. Everybody have a great day.

    Pankaj Bhushan, Sep 29, 2004
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  2. The correct group to post questions to is the one that is to support the x64
    preview releases of BOTH Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
    Instruction for access are at

    Possibly - if you have all the device drivers your system needs.
    Yes it does - you cannot use existing Windows XP drivers they must be
    specific for the x64 release. Since this release is still in development
    not all vendors make drivers available yet and we do not provide every
    possible driver in the current release.
    Possibly - most regular 32-bit applications (such as Office 2003 etc) will
    run OK. You will not be able to run any application that requires a device
    driver or other kernel level component that has not been specifically
    written for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition; this includes things like
    disk defragmenter, anti virus product other hardware specific applications.


    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Sep 29, 2004
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  3. Pankaj Bhushan

    Shiva Guest

    Hi everybody,

    Thanks a lot for the very helpful responses - I shall certainly keep them in
    mind as I go about my project not too long from now.

    I truly appreciate the existence of these newsgroups and the wonderful
    people on them who provide such helpful advice freely and willingly.

    God Bless everyone.

    Everybody have a nice day.

    Shiva, Sep 29, 2004
  4. Pankaj Bhushan

    springer Guest

    yes, you can also install 32 bit OS's (all existing versions of XP, ME,
    W2k linux) I've got multiple boot drives with each of these on them and
    they all run fine.
    If you dont have a 64 bit OS, you dont need and wont use 64 bit drivers
    except for the mobo chipset stuff (cool'n'quiet, hyperthreading etc.)
    not so. unless you have 64 bit periph's. the current release of hardware
    knows nothing of 64 bit OS's. the only drivers available now are the
    mobo chipset drivers. other may follow but the not until perip's get to
    64 bit.
    most definatly. my currnetly booted system is a MSI Neo pro, A64 3200,
    etc, W2k (32 bit) office 2000 and all the other old 32 bit applications
    that i backed up before i built the system then simply restored them to
    the 64 bit system. now i know that i'm not using all my bits, but the
    system as a whole is faster (than my old a2500)
    basically all your apps should work(mine do), specialist stuff like disk
    remappers and applicationd that directally interface with the cpu may
    require drivers. but then in windows systems, applications are not
    allowed to directally interface with any hardware.
    springer, Sep 30, 2004
  5. The question was about using the x64 build on his 64-bit PC. So your answer
    is not relevent.
    Yes so - as the original poster is enquireing about running the x64 release,
    you will require x64 direvers for sound, grapohics, NICs and ANY other
    perphiral that uses a driver to support it.
    The drivers MUST be 64-bit since the operate at a level withthe kenral where
    there is no 32-bit layer. Youa re obviusly mistaking the concept of
    hardware bus width with the inhernt programming models that differ between
    32 and 64 bit operating systems and the associated ow level components like
    device drivers.
    You are making a huge generalisation - just because the your small subset
    works it is no guarantee that all 32-bit applications will function
    You should not make statements like "... basically all your apps should
    work(mine do), ..." it is misleading.
    Also the repetition of my comments about lower level application is somewhat


    Mike Brannigan [Microsoft]

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    Mike Brannigan [MSFT], Oct 1, 2004
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