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windows xp 64 and intel dual core e6300

by xplayerr / March 5, 2007 4:41 AM PST

hi, i was just wondering, is windows xp 64 bit compatible with that cpu ?


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In theory yes, but ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2007 4:55 AM PST

Drivers continue to haunt XP64 owners. Since XP64 achieved no critical mass, device makers have been lax to nonexistent for driver support. Only do this if you can find all the drivers plus what firewall and AV for this OS.


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by jackson dougless / March 5, 2007 8:56 AM PST

It would be compatible with Core 2 Duo chips, but not Core Duo chips. The former is a 64-bit CPU, the latter is 32-bit.

None of which really matters since XP Pro x64 was never meant for widescale use. There are few, if any, advantages for the average user, and several large drawbacks. If you want to run a 64-bit OS, and you have a Core 2 Duo (I can't keep up with Intel's sudden fascination with renaming everything), get yourself a copy of the 64-bit Vista. Or you could always run a 64-bit Linux distribution, of which there are several.

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