Thursday, October 02, 2003


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The Register: "Media Center Windows not AMD64 native
By Tony Smith
Posted: 02/10/2003 at 10:09 GMT

AMD announced earlier this week that Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 runs on its AMD64-based processors, such as the Athlon XP.

That prompted more than a few AMD fanboys to leapt on the statement as a sign that the Microsoft operating system supports AMD64 technology.

Sorry, guys, but it doesn't. MCE 2004 is a 32-bit OS that runs (very happily, we're sure) in the Athlon 64's backward compatibility mode - a point AMD confirmed when we asked it.

So, you're not going to get an AMD64-native version of Windows before 64-bit Windows XP ships early next year. "

Too bad. On the other hand, I don't see a whole lot of people screaming that their Athlon64 doesn't have a native OS, yet.

It will happen, but I think that AMD's timing in releasing the chip NOW is pretty good. It will allow us to see mature chipsets and motherboards before we have to worry about the perils of a '1.0' 64 bit OS.

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