Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Free Trial
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
This week, Microsoft announced it will offer Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems for a 360 day free trial under the Customer Prieview Program (CPP). The trial is available for download from the Microsoft website, or can be ordered on CD-ROM.
- PC with an AMD Athlon64 or Opteron processor
- 256MB RAM
- 1.5GB available hard-disk space
- Super VGA (800x600) or higher resolution video card
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Important: Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is only compatible with 64-bit AMD Opteron– or Athlon 64-based computers. It cannot be successfully installed on 64-bit Intel Itanium–based systems.
You will have to register in order to download or order the CD-ROM. The software is only available in English at this time.
On the download page, you will see a link to the Setup file and a Product Key for the software you wish to install. The file will be in ISO format and must be burned to a CD before you can install the software on your computer.
Microsoft has established a private newsgroup where you can discuss technical issues. See the Newsgroup Support page for instructions on how to access this newsgroup, including the credentials required for access.
Upgrading to Later Releases
According to Microsoft, as a Customer Preview Program (CPP) subscriber, you may be entitled to upgrade to future pre-release versions of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems when they become available. Registered CPP participants who authorize us during the registration process to contact them will be notified when future code is released.
The final version of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is not expected untill the second half of this year.
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