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If I get a x64 processor, do I need Windows Professional x64, or just Windows Professional? This is the first time I'm making my own computer so I'm curious, and I don't want to waste my dad's money T_T. And just because I'm 11 doesn't mean im dumb at computers... 0.0.

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Here's the deal

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is designed to work with 64-bit processors from AMD and Intel that support the x64 extensions to the x86 architecture. These include the Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Mobile Athlon 64, Turion 64, and Opteron processors from AMD, and the Xeon with EM64T and Pentium 4 with EM64T from Intel

All of these processors will also run Windows XP Professional x86 as well. If you're wanting to use over 4GB of memory (which I would be surprised at, but I have 3 and depending what you want to run, you can fill that space) you will want to go the x64 route. However, you will need to make sure that the other hardware you buy has compatible x64 drivers because Windows Pro x64 requires 64-bit drivers. Most Windows 32-bit programs will run of Pro x64 but you will get to deal with the fun of two "Program Files" directories (one for 32, the other for 64 bit).

Hope that answers you question and gives you a bit of background.

Ben

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My recommendation is that if you aren't 100% sure that you need Windows XP x64 Edition, that you get the "regular" Windows XP Professional (or Home). There are still some kinks getting worked out in the land of 64-bit Windows, mostly in the area of hardware support (driver availability).

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If you're buying a full computer, it'll come with a Windows CD. If you're assembling your own computer you'll just need to purchase it from whomever you're ordering parts from.

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