MICROSOFT HAS MADE a trial version of its hotly-anticipated Windows XP for 64-bit AMD chips available for download.
The trial OS is designed, says the Vole, for systems sporting Athlon64 or Opteron processors. Don't bother trying it on an Itanium, it advises.
The software, which is not ready for commercial shipping is available here.
PC with an AMD Athlon64 or Opteron processor
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.