Contents tagged with Windows x64

  • Emergency Patch.. The effect on installations?

    Posted by MBrant on October 24 2008, 1:55 AM. Posted in Windows (general), Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Security, Windows x64, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista, Seven, Windows "7".

    Microsoft has been quick to act on informing IT pros and the general public on the security issue in nearly every NT-based Windows version out in the wild however more details are still lacking.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

    The bug concerns the Server service found in all NT-based Windows OS responsible for communication between computers in a Windows based Network allowing for remote execution of code.

    Bink first reported the issue along with a link to the rather small KB article. Since then Microsoft updated the article (several times?) to provide more information to the public. Questions are raised after seeing this additional information.

    <o:p></o:p>Why are Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 rated "Critical" and why are Vista and 2008 rated "Important"?<o:p></o:p>Why is there information available on what could happen on Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 systems but not on what could happen to Vista and 2008 systems?<o:p></o:p>Why are Windows Server 2008 Core installations effected?<o:p></o:p>Who found this critical flaw? (Internal or external reporting)<o:p></o:p>How come Windows 7 is effected? (This also confirms the bug is in the deep roots of the NT Server service and no major overhaul is taking place in concerning these types of services in Windows 7, not that a overhaul was expected.)<o:p></o:p>The updated are available to all users via Windows Update right now. All systems using the default autoupdate settings should get the patch tonight. For enterprise deployment, please refer to the deployment guide.<o:p></o:p>

    Hopefully when the systems are patched, we could get a glimpse on how this bug works and how it could be there has been a flaw in a modern and secure system for over 8 years now. More information will be posted as it comes available.

  • Windows Vista 64-bit Today

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 31 2008, 7:56 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    There appears to be a shift taking place in the PC industry: the move from 32-bit to 64-bit PCs.

    We've been tracking the change by looking at the percentage of 64-bit PCs connecting to Windows Update, and have seen a dramatic increase in recent months. The installed base of 64-bit Windows Vista PCs, as a percentage of all Windows Vista systems, has more than tripled in the U.S. in the last three months, while worldwide adoption has more than doubled during the same period.  Another view shows that 20% of new Windows Vista PCs in the U.S. connecting to Windows Update in June were 64-bit PCs, up from just 3% in March. Put more simply, usage of 64-bit Windows Vista is growing much more rapidly than 32-bit. Based on current trends, this growth will accelerate as the retail channel shifts to supplying a rapidly increasing assortment of 64-bit desktops and laptops.

    64-bit PCs running 64-bit editions of Windows Vista typically have 4GB of memory or more. Compared to 32-bit systems, which top out at around 3GB of memory, 64-bit PCs can offer added responsiveness when running a lot of applications at the same time and have the potential for greater performance and new experiences as next-generations applications are written to take advantage of this new platform.

    What started out as a gradual (some would say "glacial") movement toward 64-bit PCs, driven primarily by technology enthusiasts, seems to have turned into a swift transition, likely fueled by the falling cost of memory and consumers' desire to get the most out of their PCs.

    This change begs a few questions:

    Is the 64 bit market ready to go mainstream?

    Will consumers realize the benefits from larger chips and 4GB or more of memory?

    The answer to both of these questions is yes - but a qualified yes.

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  • Toyota Motor Experiences the Power of CATIA V5 on Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition

    Posted by bink on July 18 2006, 11:28 AM. Posted in Windows x64.

    Leading carmaker streamlines product development and more efficiently delivers innovative new products with Dassault Systèmes’ solution on the Microsoft platform.

    At the 2006 Japanese CATIA Forum (JCF), Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced that Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) has adopted CATIA V5, Dassault Systèmes’ virtual product design product lifecycle management (PLM) solution on Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition.

    TMC’s use of CATIA V5 on the Microsoft platform demonstrates the customer benefits of the global strategic alliance between Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft. Announced in November 2004, the alliance provides deeper integration between Dassault Systèmes’ V5 PLM and 3-D collaborative solutions and the Windows client and Windows Server® platforms to enable more flexible customer solutions that are cost-effective, easy to deploy and easy to maintain. All V5 PLM products take advantage of the familiar Windows experience but with the dramatically enhanced power of 64-bit.

    “Having Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft working together is a key success factor for our company,” said Yoshikazu Amano, managing officer for Toyota Motor. “The alliance of the leader in PLM with the leader in computing technology provides us with a solution that extends the memory capacity necessary to design and review large assemblies, and ultimately enables us to deliver innovative products to the market more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

    As a part of the design and manufacturing process, TMC requires huge amounts of data to support detailed and complex product designs and is faced with having to create and review large product models more accurately and quickly. TMC first deployed CATIA V5R16 with 64- bit in its technical and production engineering department in May, with plans to expand the deployment in a phased approach. As a result of the 64-bit environment, large assembly data can now be processed. In addition, Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft worked together to provide a mechanism that helps ensure 32-bit Visual Basic® for Applications (VBA) macros would run flawlessly in the 64-bit environment, enabling customers to efficiently leverage existing assets.

    Generally speaking, CATIA V5 on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition brings customers the following advantages:

    Streamlined product development. Virtually eliminates the need for the additional data handling often required on a 32-bit PC for huge assemblies and enables customers to load full product assemblies rather than partial assemblies. In addition, customers can perform generative updates on very large assemblies and support advanced design methodologies such as relational design.

    Improved product quality. Enables complex and extensive analysis and performs simulation on an entire product instead of multiple runs on partial components. Customers can also support visualization and complex simulations of larger mockups.

    Reduced time to market. Helps accelerate product design and simulation processes, reduces time to create or modify a design, and cuts the time needed for a simulation’s computation.

    “We are pleased to see the Microsoft and Dassault Systèmes’ relationship and the computing power of 64-bit benefiting global customers such as Toyota,” said Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president of the Developer & Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft. “Today’s announcement demonstrates how the winning combination of Microsoft platform technologies and Dassault Systèmes’ PLM solutions makes top-line product life-cycle management applications more accessible and affordable to customers throughout the manufacturing value chain.”

    “With CATIA V5 on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition, our customers can make more decisions on product behavior at the virtual stage and on larger mockups, achieving significant improvements in quality, as well as reducing costs,” said Etienne Droit, executive vice president of PLM Sales and Distribution at Dassault Systèmes. “For better productivity and increased capacity, our customers require a significant memory upgrade, which CATIA V5 on Windows XP 64-Bit Edition brings, handling gigabytes of data easily and quickly.”

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  • Microsoft IT Showcase: Microsoft.com Moves to x64 Version of Windows

    Posted by spy on February 11 2006, 1:50 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

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    How Microsoft.com Upgraded Its Web Servers to the x64-based Hardware and Software PlatformTechnical discussion describing how the Microsoft.com operations team became an early adopter of a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003, greatly increasing virtual memory allocations among other benefits.
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  • Windows, Linux tussle with Unix

    Posted by spy on December 27 2005, 4:47 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    With 64-bit versions of Microsoft's enterprise software stack hitting the market, competition in that space is likely to get stiffer. It should also give a boost to the Redmond giant's ongoing efforts to get India Inc to make the shift to Windows Server 2003 the uptake of which has been a tad slow. The 64-bit software has traditionally been run upon RISC servers over various Unix flavours. Indian enterprises have predominantly used RISC-based servers for mission-critical deployments. Moreover, Linux going 64-bit on x86 and Itanium before Windows didn't really spur the adoption of Windows Server 2003. While Microsoft would like to take the fight to the Unix camp, it will have to deal with Red Hat and Novell first. 64-bit platforms are irresistible for software vendors as all mission-critical applications run on them. Microsoft has been a late entrant here. Thanks to aggressive marketing, it is gaining acceptance in the enterprise segment. Demand for the Itanium-Windows combination is picking up. Vaibhav Phadnis, Director, Server BG, Microsoft says, "In the last six months we have worked with 20 customers who have shifted to Itanium-based servers running Windows Server 2003. All these deals are for mission-critical applications." Continue At Source
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Free For Testers Avaliable

    Posted by spy on June 24 2005, 4:23 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    Microsoft has emailed testers who participated in the beta program to test Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP/Server x64 beta software packages, a thank you for their volunteer efforts, a one time offer, without charge, for a fully licensed copy of Windows XP Pro x64 Edition. (i.e. not an eval copy).The x64 Edition which is only available in English, must be accepted before July 22nd and is only available in downloadable format.Nice going Microsoft!Claim your copy @ WindowsBeta (Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP/Server x64 beta testers only)I see nothing yet[:^)]
  • Microsoft Opens x64 Upgrades to Retail

    Posted by bink on May 27 2005, 3:20 AM. Posted in Windows x64.

    ollowing confusion surrounding its Windows x64 Advancement Program, which offers a free upgrade from the standard 32-bit version of Windows XP to the recent 64-bit release, Microsoft has clarified the language on its Web site. All users, whether they purchased or built their PC, are now eligible for the 64-bit upgrade.

    Microsoft had previously said publicly that any Windows XP user with an x64-supported processor, such as an Athlon 64, may trade in their license for the x64 Edition of Windows XP. But the company's Web site for the program stated the program only applied to purchased PCs with an OEM copy of Windows XP.

    The move left many Athlon 64 users who built their PC unable to take advantage of the free upgrade. To make matters worse, Microsoft announced that it would only offer its 64-bit operating system via PC manufacturers and not sell the box on store shelves due to limited driver support.

    "Windows XP 64-bit is not gonna be on retail shelves? So how in the world am I supposed to get it," asked on BetaNews reader. "I built a AMD Athlon 64 system for nothing?"

    A Microsoft spokesperson said the x64 Advancement Program Web site was updated in response to such feedback. The site now also accepts a Windows XP product key in addition to the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label that comes with OEM PCs. Continue At Source

  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Trial Download

    Posted by bink on May 23 2005, 4:54 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    The Windows XP Professional x64 Edition trial software download is available at no charge. After you have completed the download registration process, you will receive an e-mail message with a link to the download page. The download page will include the download file and a product key for the trial software. The file will be in ISO format and must be burned to a CD or DVD before you can install the software on your computer. The download file is large—over 550 megabytes (MB)—so the download may take considerable time to complete. We recommend downloading the trial software only if you have broadband, ADSL, or other high-speed Internet connections. View: Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Trial Download Page
  • How to run the 32-bit Explorer shell on Windows x64

    Posted by bink on May 23 2005, 4:52 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    One of the first things many users notice about Windows XP and 2003 x64 Editions is that they do not support any kind of shell integration (Deskbars, Toolbars, Context-menu handlers like WinRAR, etc). The reason for this is that 64-bit processes cannot communicate with 32-bit processes or libraries. Running the 32-bit shell maintains all the benefits of having a 64-bit OS underneath, allows the full use of standard 32-bit Windows shell integration, while still allowing you to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications side-by-side.Continue At Source
  • Free winXP upgrade to x64 issues

    Posted by bink on May 11 2005, 2:45 AM. Posted in Windows x64.

    To those having COA/PID issues... There were a small handful of users that were affected due to missing COA/PID validation data. This data has now been input so I recommend those that had this particular issue to please try again (unless you already sought 'tier 2' support).To those having ZIP code issues... Please be aware ZIP code data is being pulled directly from the United States Postal Service, not any Microsoft system. If you are receiving errors regarding address validation, I strongly suggest you verify your address information with your local USPS Address Management System Office. You can locate the nearest USPS AMSO using the form at http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/ams_office_locator.html. Please keep in mind should you need to make corrections, these corrections will not completely propogate through for approximately 30-60 days (although it really shouldn't take that long; we are after all in the 21st century). Acer, HP, Dell customers, Continue At Source
  • Mark Russinovich: Running Everyday on x64-bit Windows

    Posted by bink on May 9 2005, 3:58 PM. Posted in Windows x64.

    Last week I got an HP xw9300 workstation equipped with two 2GHz Opteron processors, the same type of system most of the Windows kernel team uses. The system came with 32-bit Windows XP preinstalled, but I decided to buy into all the 64-bit hype coming out of Microsoft’s Winhec conference and so I scratched the HP image, reformatted the disk, and installed Windows XP 64-bit Edition. Is Windows ready for 64-bit full-time? After a week of development, writing, and experimenting I’m ready for a preliminary report.The first issue I ran into was lack of built-in driver support for the network adapter and video card. This was easily remedied, though, with a quick trip to Nvidia's web site to download their 64-bit motherboard and video drivers.After getting Windows running I spent the first few hours with the system installing applications and tools. The installations went smoothly for just about everything except for one application that I’ve come to rely on: MSN Desktop Search (MDS). It’s especially ironic that MDS won’t run on 64-bit Windows given that it’s a high-profile application from the company that’s trumpeting the official arrival of 64-bit computing and telling device manufacturers that if they don’t have 64-bit drivers they’re already behind the times. What’s even more ironic about MDS’ lack of 64-bit support is the way that its installation fails:The installer doesn’t even know its running on 64-bit Windows. The operating system version number reported on 32-bit Windows XP is 5.1, but since 64-bit Windows XP shares the same kernel as 64-bit Windows Server 2003 SP1 it reports a version number of 5.2. I suspect that the MDS installer believes itself to be running on Windows Server 2003 and therefore refuses to install. Continue At Source, a nice read!
  • Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition

    Posted by bink on May 5 2005, 3:08 AM. Posted in Windows x64.

    This document provides information regarding features that differ in functionality from Windows XP SP2. It is important to note that this document uses the Windows XP SP2 feature set as the baseline for comparison with Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. Features not documented here are at parity with Windows XP SP2 and function the same way.Download At SourceRelated: Changes to Functionality in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2