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XP-32 on 64-bit hardware?

I raised a Q in another thread; turns out that I can't supplement it, since it was a "Question" thread only.

I'd like to start a thread on issues re: whether Win XP, 32-bit can run reliably on new 64-bit hardware. I just assumed it could, so I tried, twice, and it failed both times.

Also, I'm looking for the best and most recent version of XP-64 (Service Pack 2B? Is there a Service Pack 3?)

And, as part of that effort, I'd like to gether any more potentially useful info on problems that might be encountered and/or avoided, when installing XP-64, that would not be already familiar to someone who has been working with XP-32 for years.

If these issues have been addressed in other thread(s), can someone please provide a link to it/them?

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That's a big question.

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There are issues about this. The current hardware could have SATA hard drives which XP (all versions) don't support and then you may not find drivers for the motherboard (sound, video, chipset, etc.)

I know you asked for issues addressed in other threads but it always comes down to the machine you own. How we solved in on some Rancor 64b20 machine does not apply to your Vogon Stroke 9.

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It depends on the hardware

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It depends on the hardware, and whether or not there's XP driver support for it. There's really nothing about the hardware itself that prevents you running XP on it, but XP and the hardware need some means of communicating with one another in a meaningful way which is what a driver facilitates. If you have drivers for the hardware, there's nothing stopping you, but that is usually the big stumbling block. It's been about 3-4 years since Vista came along, and maybe 1.5 or so since 7 came onto the scene, and that's where all the attention is focused these days.

On the other questions. XP x64 never got SP3, it stopped at SP2. XP x64 was never really intended for widespread use, which is why it was OEM only, and no one really bothered much with the driver support. MS only made XP x64 because Vista was significantly behind schedule and so MS threw a bone to people who were looking for an x86-64 version of Windows. It was kind of hastily thrown together, since the idea was to move people onto Vista x64 ASAP. Do not pay money for a copy of XP x64, or you'll just be proving PT Barnum right when he said there was a sucker born every minute.

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