Home > Windows > Microsoft nears release of 64-bit WindowsMicrosoft nears release of 64-bit Windows Submitted by Tudy 2004-12-07 Windows 18 CommentsMicrosoft said Tuesday that it has released a near-final test version of updates to its Windows and Windows Server operating systems. Also, Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 has RDP over SSL already included.About The Author Eugenia LoliEx-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker.Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 18 Comments 2004-12-07 10:08 pm i dont see anything to do with windows being 64bit and being near release in this blurp as the headline would indicate 2004-12-07 10:18 pm That was first said two years ago, and then they said it again in I donÊt know how many times 2004-12-07 10:21 pm This is finally at RC1, win64 has been in beta for i don’t know how long. It’s set to go gold in March from what i’ve read. 2004-12-07 10:29 pm Perhaps they’d like to take their time and release something w/ fewer bugs than XP 32?Damned if they do, damned if they don’t, right?I think they should take as long as they like in order to release a secure, stable 64-bit Windows…I look forward to the finished product. 2004-12-07 10:32 pm I wish they had already released it. The only thing holding back 64 bit windows is device drivers, and the oems aren’t going to get their stuff together until MS puts something on the shelves. 2004-12-07 10:33 pm 64-bit Windows XP for Itanium was released in 2001 2004-12-07 10:52 pm 64-bit Windows XP for Itanium was released in 2001—itanium is deadThe only thing holding back 64 bit windows is device drivers, and the oems aren’t going to get their stuff together until MS puts something on the shelves.—-besides delays this has known to cause instability in the past. 2004-12-07 11:07 pm I would appreciate it if MS would reimburse me for this copy of XP Home that came with my AMD64 laptop.I’m holding my breath. 2004-12-07 11:30 pm Get free upgrade to Win64. 2004-12-08 12:49 am hope Microsoft does give us 32bit XP users a Rebate or something else so we can upgrade to 64Bit XP at a less of charge 2004-12-08 1:02 am ” hope Microsoft does give us 32bit XP users a Rebate or something else so we can upgrade to 64Bit XP at a less of charge”———-Microsoft already stated that you will be able to upgrade to XP64 for free. You may have to send them your XP32 disk I believe. 2004-12-08 1:50 am Why would you do that?They are how late? And RDP over SSL? probably “integrated and not worth having much”Imagine being forgiven for such arrogance and foolishness, and poor programming skills with a BUDGET LIKE THAT. 2004-12-08 2:23 am i got my copy of xp pro from school so i doubt ill be able to get my copy of x64 free 2004-12-08 2:39 am Well, seeing that you allready got it for free, you shouldn’t expect much. It’s not like you would be paying twice for it.I have the same situation, oh well, not a big deal. 2004-12-08 5:02 am “I would appreciate it if MS would reimburse me for this copy of XP Home that came with my AMD64 laptop.I’m holding my breath.”“Those who own a 32-bit version of Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003 will be able to exchange it for a license for the 64-bit edition, Microsoft has said.”The free upgrade only comes with the professional version of XP.FYI: try not to hold your breath too long 2004-12-08 11:32 am It’s a small but important step. When are you guys going to figure out the other processors? NT 3.x was promising — MIPS, Alpha, and PowerPC even with most apps emulated — though that was abandoned early on.Start doing different processors again and you’ll get a hearty “Welcome back!” Till then, Linux and the BSDs will not be waiting as we’ve put the Alpha, MIPS, and PowerPC chips to work — plus the SPARC and UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH, IBM S/390, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64, AXIS CRIS, Renesas M32R, and of course AMD x86, AMD x64, and Intel IA-64 processors — running tens of thousands of native programs with more in development.Don’t rush, though. In the worst case, the .Net (CLR) software being developed on Windows now either runs under Mono and/or DotGNU or soon will on all of these platforms. 2004-12-08 2:45 pm Anyone have a link handy that verifies that? I searched for it on google but the only thing close I found spoke of Windows XP 64 for Itanium. I’d hate to double buy Windows. 2004-12-09 11:29 am Well said. I am not fussed wither way. If Win64 is released it will be another great opportunity to beat up on MS again.If it doesn’t then Linux (and othe OSrc products) can continue to ride the wave to 64bit glory. Windows readers – stop playing solitaire and fix some OSrc bugs.