Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Customer Preview Program
Welcome! If you have a 64-bit ready PC, you now have the option to receive trial software for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition via CD or download. Read below about the different options for obtaining the pre-release software, and then use the links on the right to register to order the CD Kit or download product files. Please note that in either case, the pre-release software is time-limited and will expire in 360 days.
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is designed to address the most demanding needs of technical workstation users who require large amounts of memory and floating point performance in areas such as mechanical design and analysis, digital content creation and scientific and high-performance computing applications.
[li]Supported processors: AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support
[/li][li]1.5GB available hard-disk space
[/li][li]Super VGA (800x600) or higher resolution video card
[/li][li]CD-ROM or DVD drive
[/li][li]Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Important: Windows XP Professional x64 Edition cannot be successfully installed on 64-bit Intel Itaniumâ€“based systems.
The CD is available only in English at this time. Localized versions may be available in other countries/regions at a later date.
Note: Shipping and handling costs apply. Orders from outside the United States may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied once a shipment reaches your country. When ordering from this site, you are considered the importer of record and must comply with all laws and regulations of the country/region in which you are receiving the shipment.
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If you choose to register to download the software, be aware that you will not receive the product CD. The downloadable product software is available in English only.
When you register to download the product software, Microsoft will send you an e-mail message with download instructions.
After you have completed the download registration process, you will receive an e-mail message with a link to the download page. On the download page, you will see a link to the Setup file and a Product Key for the software you wish to install. The file will be in ISO format and must be burned to a CD before you can install the software on your computer.
The download files are large (approximately 450 megabytes) so the download may take a considerable time to complete. Microsoft recommends only those with broadband, ADSL or other high-speed Internet connections attempt this download.
This program provides an opportunity to preview the next generation of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition while the product is still under development. This product is intended for testing and evaluation purposes only. It should not be used for production purposes, and should not be placed in a production environment.
Microsoft has established a private newsgroup where you can discuss technical issues. See the Newsgroup Support page for instructions on how to access this newsgroup, including the credentials required for access.
Formal, fee-based support from Microsoft will be available when the final version of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is released.
Upgrading to Later Releases
As a Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Customer Preview Program (CPP) subscriber, you may be entitled to upgrade to future pre-release versions of Windows XP Professional x64 Edition when they become available. Registered CPP participants who authorize us during the registration process to contact them will be notified when future code is released.
This is an opportunity for you to begin evaluating Windows XP Professional x64 Edition for your individual business needs and ensuring that your applications will be ready for the commercial release of the product. Please contact your application and hardware partners for compatibility information.
The page still says something like “last change 24th Spetember”, but the e-mail confirmation lists a new Key Code and the download is build 1289 (RC1). It appears this build has been available since at least January 25th.