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Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit  - Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
Mon, April 19 2004 | 10:23PM | PermaLink Feedback?
"The trouble is though, Windows XP x64 Edition does not play nicely with much 32-bit software, and requires new drivers for all your existing hardware, which may not yet (or ever) be available. You may want to move to the 64-bit OS to take advantage of your shiny new processor's capabilities, but what happens if half your games don't work and the other half run slower due to driver issues? The major videocard companies are admittedly close to perfecting their 64-bit drivers, but 'close' could mean anywhere from 3 months to a year before they are at the same level of performance as their 32-bit siblings.

To most people, the logical answer is to install Windows XP x64 Edition while still keeping XP 32-bit intact on the system. This allows you to mix and match the two operating systems, avoiding software failure and discovering which is best for each application and game. While this is a bit of a drain on hard drive space, it's more than worth it in terms of frustration avoided. It's also easy to do, and in this short guide, PCSTATS is going to show you how to go about creating your 64-bit/32-bit XP dual installation."

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