SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Denise, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Denise

    Denise Guest

    I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an SP2 or
    SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for Vista
    only. When I went to
    http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is no
    category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use the
    Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows Server
    2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to realize
    that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I try
    to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro x64.
    I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to. They all
    believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64 and
    Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash. If
    no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the proper
    version of Windows.

    Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x6
    http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download

    Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be hand-fed
    the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last half of
    the alphabet?

    Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are asking:
    'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is for XP
    x64.' ?!?

    WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I have
    Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the Windows
    forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is right?
    Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate category for
    XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.

    Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to put
    SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over an
    hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still don't
    know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.

    Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    --
    Denise
     
    Denise, Oct 17, 2008
    #1
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  2. There is no SP3 for XP x64 yet. SP2 is the latest.

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    "Denise" wrote:

    > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an SP2 or
    > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for Vista
    > only. When I went to
    > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is no
    > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use the
    > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows Server
    > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to realize
    > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I try
    > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro x64.
    > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to. They all
    > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64 and
    > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash. If
    > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the proper
    > version of Windows.
    >
    > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    >
    > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be hand-fed
    > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last half of
    > the alphabet?
    >
    > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are asking:
    > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is for XP
    > x64.' ?!?
    >
    > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I have
    > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the Windows
    > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is right?
    > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate category for
    > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    >
    > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to put
    > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over an
    > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still don't
    > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    >
    > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    > --
    > Denise
    >
     
    Maratonmannen, Oct 17, 2008
    #2
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  3. It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell there
    is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2 conforms
    to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the Server
    OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the Service
    Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.

    I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's on
    your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be offered
    you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any SP's
    are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other products.
    They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it hits
    you!

    Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load of
    corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP x64,
    but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any of
    the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    background processing you don't need.

    Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    you!


    Tony. . .


    "Denise" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an SP2
    > or
    > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for Vista
    > only. When I went to
    > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is no
    > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    > the
    > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    > Server
    > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to realize
    > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    > try
    > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    > x64.
    > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to. They
    > all
    > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64 and
    > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    > If
    > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the proper
    > version of Windows.
    >
    > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    >
    > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be hand-fed
    > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last half
    > of
    > the alphabet?
    >
    > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are asking:
    > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is for
    > XP
    > x64.' ?!?
    >
    > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    > have
    > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the Windows
    > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is right?
    > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate category
    > for
    > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    >
    > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to put
    > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over an
    > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    > don't
    > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    >
    > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    > --
    > Denise
    >
     
    Tony Sperling, Oct 17, 2008
    #3
  4. Denise

    Denise Guest

    I think you misunderstood what I said. I want to put SP2 on a disk and I ran
    across websites where people are confused as to whether or not SP3 is for
    Windows XP Pro x64. I finally found the site for Windows XP Pro x64 for SP2
    at this site, not sure if it's the same one you posted.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...C0-6283-44C3-BB84-B2F0315B2AE6&displaylang=en

    Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to find it. When I typed
    'Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 download' in Microsofts's search box, I was directed
    to this site:
    http://search.microsoft.com/Results...ORM=QBME1&l=1&SearchBtn0.x=11&SearchBtn0.y=12
    .. There's no SP2 download at this site.

    My original post was meant to point out the insufficiencies, gaps or voids
    for people who have XP Pro x64. Too many times, I have to choose between
    downloading programs for XP, Vista x64 or server 2003. I always choose XP
    but why should I have to download a 32-bit program for an x64 os? People
    with Vista x64 don't have to. WOW64 doesn't always work.

    In order to install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, I had to do a Repair of
    Windows, download and install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install
    IE7 for x64. I couldn't install Adobe Flash Player, Active X with IE7 for
    x64 installed. I uninstalled IE7 for x64 and tried to install Adobe Flash
    Player, Active X, but I received a message that said that the program is not
    intended for my machine. So, because I put in my time and knowledge, I now
    have IE7 for x64 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X, but I had to jump through
    hoops and dodge MS flags, error messages, and lack of effort and
    consideration to make XP Pro x64 a stand-alone os with lack of support from
    MS. I can't say that many other people will know that a Repair is needed to
    first install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install IE7, so they're
    left without Adobe Flash Player, Active X. Does MS know how inconvenient and
    irritating it is to have a message pop up with its associated bong to install
    Active X or Adobe Flash Player for every website that's opened, in my case,
    at least 100 times a day, but it can't be installed? No update from
    Microsoft has allowed Adobe Flash Player, Active X to be installed after IE7
    x64 has been installed.

    SP2 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X are just examples of problems that
    people with XP Pro x64 are forced to face because Microsoft refuses to get
    off its duff, shell out a few of its billions of dollars, and do something
    about it.

    As I said in my first post, I'm angry that my os is treated as a poor
    relation, twice removed by MS, and that MS doesn't care about it or the
    people who bought this supposedly next generation os, and is putting all of
    it's attention on Vista x64, a baby-bs os. I'm tired of being deprived of
    programs that aren't XP Pro x64 compatible and I want something to sink my
    teeth into and I want it now! The cards show that I might just as well start
    whistling Dixie right now.
    --
    Denise




    "Tony Sperling" wrote:

    > It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell there
    > is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    > all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2 conforms
    > to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    > being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the Server
    > OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the Service
    > Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.
    >
    > I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's on
    > your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be offered
    > you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any SP's
    > are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other products.
    > They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it hits
    > you!
    >
    > Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    > Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load of
    > corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP x64,
    > but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any of
    > the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    > background processing you don't need.
    >
    > Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    > you!
    >
    >
    > Tony. . .
    >
    >
    > "Denise" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an SP2
    > > or
    > > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for Vista
    > > only. When I went to
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is no
    > > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    > > the
    > > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    > > Server
    > > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to realize
    > > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    > > try
    > > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    > > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    > > x64.
    > > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to. They
    > > all
    > > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64 and
    > > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    > > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    > > If
    > > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the proper
    > > version of Windows.
    > >
    > > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    > > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    > > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    > >
    > > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    > > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be hand-fed
    > > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last half
    > > of
    > > the alphabet?
    > >
    > > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are asking:
    > > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is for
    > > XP
    > > x64.' ?!?
    > >
    > > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    > > have
    > > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the Windows
    > > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is right?
    > > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate category
    > > for
    > > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    > >
    > > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to put
    > > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over an
    > > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    > > don't
    > > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    > >
    > > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    > > --
    > > Denise
    > >

    >
    >
    >
     
    Denise, Oct 17, 2008
    #4
  5. Denise

    Dennis Pack Guest

    Denise:
    I finally figured out why you're having so many problems with XP x64.
    When you download a program for XP x64 it has to be compatible with
    Server2003 x64. Adobe doesn't have a x64 flash player yet so you need to use
    IE7 32-bit (default unless called from a 64-bit program), also the same with
    Vista x64. If the update is listed for Vista it's not for XP or XP x64.
    Trying to add incompatible components can corrupt an operating system.

    --
    Dennis Pack
    XP x64 SP2, Vista Enterprise x64 SP1
    WHS, Office Professional Plus 2007 SP1
    "Denise" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I think you misunderstood what I said. I want to put SP2 on a disk and I
    >ran
    > across websites where people are confused as to whether or not SP3 is for
    > Windows XP Pro x64. I finally found the site for Windows XP Pro x64 for
    > SP2
    > at this site, not sure if it's the same one you posted.
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...C0-6283-44C3-BB84-B2F0315B2AE6&displaylang=en
    >
    > Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to find it. When I typed
    > 'Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 download' in Microsofts's search box, I was
    > directed
    > to this site:
    > http://search.microsoft.com/Results...ORM=QBME1&l=1&SearchBtn0.x=11&SearchBtn0.y=12
    > . There's no SP2 download at this site.
    >
    > My original post was meant to point out the insufficiencies, gaps or voids
    > for people who have XP Pro x64. Too many times, I have to choose between
    > downloading programs for XP, Vista x64 or server 2003. I always choose XP
    > but why should I have to download a 32-bit program for an x64 os? People
    > with Vista x64 don't have to. WOW64 doesn't always work.
    >
    > In order to install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, I had to do a Repair of
    > Windows, download and install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then
    > install
    > IE7 for x64. I couldn't install Adobe Flash Player, Active X with IE7 for
    > x64 installed. I uninstalled IE7 for x64 and tried to install Adobe Flash
    > Player, Active X, but I received a message that said that the program is
    > not
    > intended for my machine. So, because I put in my time and knowledge, I
    > now
    > have IE7 for x64 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X, but I had to jump
    > through
    > hoops and dodge MS flags, error messages, and lack of effort and
    > consideration to make XP Pro x64 a stand-alone os with lack of support
    > from
    > MS. I can't say that many other people will know that a Repair is needed
    > to
    > first install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install IE7, so
    > they're
    > left without Adobe Flash Player, Active X. Does MS know how inconvenient
    > and
    > irritating it is to have a message pop up with its associated bong to
    > install
    > Active X or Adobe Flash Player for every website that's opened, in my
    > case,
    > at least 100 times a day, but it can't be installed? No update from
    > Microsoft has allowed Adobe Flash Player, Active X to be installed after
    > IE7
    > x64 has been installed.
    >
    > SP2 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X are just examples of problems that
    > people with XP Pro x64 are forced to face because Microsoft refuses to get
    > off its duff, shell out a few of its billions of dollars, and do something
    > about it.
    >
    > As I said in my first post, I'm angry that my os is treated as a poor
    > relation, twice removed by MS, and that MS doesn't care about it or the
    > people who bought this supposedly next generation os, and is putting all
    > of
    > it's attention on Vista x64, a baby-bs os. I'm tired of being deprived of
    > programs that aren't XP Pro x64 compatible and I want something to sink my
    > teeth into and I want it now! The cards show that I might just as well
    > start
    > whistling Dixie right now.
    > --
    > Denise
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Tony Sperling" wrote:
    >
    >> It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell
    >> there
    >> is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    >> all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2
    >> conforms
    >> to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    >> being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the
    >> Server
    >> OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the
    >> Service
    >> Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.
    >>
    >> I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's
    >> on
    >> your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be
    >> offered
    >> you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any
    >> SP's
    >> are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other
    >> products.
    >> They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it
    >> hits
    >> you!
    >>
    >> Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    >> Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load
    >> of
    >> corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP
    >> x64,
    >> but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any
    >> of
    >> the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    >> background processing you don't need.
    >>
    >> Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    >> you!
    >>
    >>
    >> Tony. . .
    >>
    >>
    >> "Denise" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an
    >> > SP2
    >> > or
    >> > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for
    >> > Vista
    >> > only. When I went to
    >> > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is
    >> > no
    >> > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    >> > the
    >> > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    >> > Server
    >> > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to
    >> > realize
    >> > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    >> > try
    >> > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    >> > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    >> > x64.
    >> > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to.
    >> > They
    >> > all
    >> > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64
    >> > and
    >> > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    >> > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    >> > If
    >> > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the
    >> > proper
    >> > version of Windows.
    >> >
    >> > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    >> > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    >> > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    >> > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be
    >> > hand-fed
    >> > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last
    >> > half
    >> > of
    >> > the alphabet?
    >> >
    >> > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are
    >> > asking:
    >> > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is
    >> > for
    >> > XP
    >> > x64.' ?!?
    >> >
    >> > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    >> > have
    >> > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the
    >> > Windows
    >> > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is
    >> > right?
    >> > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate
    >> > category
    >> > for
    >> > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    >> >
    >> > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to
    >> > put
    >> > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over
    >> > an
    >> > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    >> > don't
    >> > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    >> >
    >> > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    >> > --
    >> > Denise
    >> >

    >>
    >>
    >>
     
    Dennis Pack, Oct 18, 2008
    #5
  6. O.K. - I may have missed a few essentials there. The SP you want to put on a
    disk is the one in the first link in your above post (SP2), and contains all
    of SP3 that you will need, so you can safely forget about SP3 until the
    64bit SP3 is announced to be released.

    The second link points to text in documents referencing your search
    ley-words - not the download itself.

    I totally agree that information can be hard to find, and it really is very
    sad how MS decided to side-track the best OS they have made to date. This
    decision has persuaded software developers not to invest in more development
    into the product, since not many more will ever buy it, (Since it has been
    side-tracked). But the lack of 64bit software is not any concern for MS
    since they do not write the software in most cases. They do, however, write
    the Active-x component.

    You cannot make Java and Flash work from the 64bit browser - but they both
    work fine in the 32bit browser. It's a bit cumbersome to learn to work with,
    but I solved this by having the IE icon in the Quick Launch Bar default to
    the 32bit and editing the Desktop icon to point to the 64bit instance. It's
    not half bad, in my opinion. In the best of worlds it wouldn't be
    neccessary, but I honestly don't know who else to blame - or why I would
    want to keep bothering over the long run.

    XP x64 is not in the same family as XP, except for it's looks. It is derived
    from the Server OS's - with the server parts removed, so they couldn't name
    it after the Server products. But you are right, naming it after XP was
    probably a mistake that has generated much confusion. Somebody decided it
    needed a name, and I guess they believed that the target audience would be
    people running XP workstations who wanted to jack up their computing a notch
    or two.


    So, I can only sympathise!


    Tony. . .


    "Denise" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I think you misunderstood what I said. I want to put SP2 on a disk and I
    >ran
    > across websites where people are confused as to whether or not SP3 is for
    > Windows XP Pro x64. I finally found the site for Windows XP Pro x64 for
    > SP2
    > at this site, not sure if it's the same one you posted.
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...C0-6283-44C3-BB84-B2F0315B2AE6&displaylang=en
    >
    > Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to find it. When I typed
    > 'Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 download' in Microsofts's search box, I was
    > directed
    > to this site:
    > http://search.microsoft.com/Results...ORM=QBME1&l=1&SearchBtn0.x=11&SearchBtn0.y=12
    > . There's no SP2 download at this site.
    >
    > My original post was meant to point out the insufficiencies, gaps or voids
    > for people who have XP Pro x64. Too many times, I have to choose between
    > downloading programs for XP, Vista x64 or server 2003. I always choose XP
    > but why should I have to download a 32-bit program for an x64 os? People
    > with Vista x64 don't have to. WOW64 doesn't always work.
    >
    > In order to install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, I had to do a Repair of
    > Windows, download and install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then
    > install
    > IE7 for x64. I couldn't install Adobe Flash Player, Active X with IE7 for
    > x64 installed. I uninstalled IE7 for x64 and tried to install Adobe Flash
    > Player, Active X, but I received a message that said that the program is
    > not
    > intended for my machine. So, because I put in my time and knowledge, I
    > now
    > have IE7 for x64 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X, but I had to jump
    > through
    > hoops and dodge MS flags, error messages, and lack of effort and
    > consideration to make XP Pro x64 a stand-alone os with lack of support
    > from
    > MS. I can't say that many other people will know that a Repair is needed
    > to
    > first install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install IE7, so
    > they're
    > left without Adobe Flash Player, Active X. Does MS know how inconvenient
    > and
    > irritating it is to have a message pop up with its associated bong to
    > install
    > Active X or Adobe Flash Player for every website that's opened, in my
    > case,
    > at least 100 times a day, but it can't be installed? No update from
    > Microsoft has allowed Adobe Flash Player, Active X to be installed after
    > IE7
    > x64 has been installed.
    >
    > SP2 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X are just examples of problems that
    > people with XP Pro x64 are forced to face because Microsoft refuses to get
    > off its duff, shell out a few of its billions of dollars, and do something
    > about it.
    >
    > As I said in my first post, I'm angry that my os is treated as a poor
    > relation, twice removed by MS, and that MS doesn't care about it or the
    > people who bought this supposedly next generation os, and is putting all
    > of
    > it's attention on Vista x64, a baby-bs os. I'm tired of being deprived of
    > programs that aren't XP Pro x64 compatible and I want something to sink my
    > teeth into and I want it now! The cards show that I might just as well
    > start
    > whistling Dixie right now.
    > --
    > Denise
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Tony Sperling" wrote:
    >
    >> It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell
    >> there
    >> is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    >> all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2
    >> conforms
    >> to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    >> being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the
    >> Server
    >> OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the
    >> Service
    >> Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.
    >>
    >> I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's
    >> on
    >> your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be
    >> offered
    >> you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any
    >> SP's
    >> are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other
    >> products.
    >> They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it
    >> hits
    >> you!
    >>
    >> Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    >> Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load
    >> of
    >> corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP
    >> x64,
    >> but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any
    >> of
    >> the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    >> background processing you don't need.
    >>
    >> Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    >> you!
    >>
    >>
    >> Tony. . .
    >>
    >>
    >> "Denise" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an
    >> > SP2
    >> > or
    >> > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for
    >> > Vista
    >> > only. When I went to
    >> > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is
    >> > no
    >> > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    >> > the
    >> > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    >> > Server
    >> > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to
    >> > realize
    >> > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    >> > try
    >> > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    >> > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    >> > x64.
    >> > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to.
    >> > They
    >> > all
    >> > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64
    >> > and
    >> > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    >> > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    >> > If
    >> > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the
    >> > proper
    >> > version of Windows.
    >> >
    >> > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    >> > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    >> > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    >> >
    >> > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    >> > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be
    >> > hand-fed
    >> > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last
    >> > half
    >> > of
    >> > the alphabet?
    >> >
    >> > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are
    >> > asking:
    >> > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is
    >> > for
    >> > XP
    >> > x64.' ?!?
    >> >
    >> > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    >> > have
    >> > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the
    >> > Windows
    >> > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is
    >> > right?
    >> > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate
    >> > category
    >> > for
    >> > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    >> >
    >> > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to
    >> > put
    >> > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over
    >> > an
    >> > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    >> > don't
    >> > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    >> >
    >> > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    >> > --
    >> > Denise
    >> >

    >>
    >>
    >>
     
    Tony Sperling, Oct 18, 2008
    #6
  7. Denise

    Denise Guest

    Hi Dennis,

    I'm not having problems with XP Pro x64. I'm having problems with MS not
    creating specific updates for Windows XP Pro x64 as they are for Vista x64
    and Server 2003. XP Pro x64 is an os unto itself and it should be treated as
    such. MS has turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to that. I've found many
    other programs as substitutes for x32 programs that won't work in an x64
    machine but some are just not available and it makes running and updating XP
    Pro x64 a task at times, which should fall on the shoulders of MS since it is
    their product. I paid for the product when Microsoft was spouting it as
    their up-and-coming os for the new millenium, that is until they saw that not
    enough people were purchasing it. So my up-and-coming, state-of-the-art os
    was tossed by the wayside and MS put its energy and development into Vista
    x64, which boggles my mind. Vista x64 is for children who need nice colors,
    blinking lights, large buttons, arrows, and anything else that is geared
    toward the computer-mentally-challenged. I gave my old 2000 XP Pro computer
    to my 6-year old grandson and he uses it like a champ. He has an email
    account and he knows how to put documents into My Documents and pictures into
    My Pictures. He knows how to use Microsoft Word and he uses programs to help
    him learn how to read and do math. He knows how to change icons, burn CDs,
    go to websites that have QuickTime movies, and, when he wants a new program,
    I help him find what he's looking for but he downloads and installs it. He
    runs Defragmenter, cleaning programs, and anti-virus/spyware/malware
    programs. This is also exactly what Vista x64 is geared for . . . a
    beginner.

    Some people I need programs geared for XP since I have XP Pro x64 and other
    people have told me that I need programs geared for Server 2003.
    Other computer forums don't have a topic for XP Pro x64 and I've been told
    to use the XP topic, not Server 2003. Adding XP Pro X64 to all of these
    things is something that is needed.
    --
    Denise




    "Dennis Pack" wrote:

    > Denise:
    > I finally figured out why you're having so many problems with XP x64.
    > When you download a program for XP x64 it has to be compatible with
    > Server2003 x64. Adobe doesn't have a x64 flash player yet so you need to use
    > IE7 32-bit (default unless called from a 64-bit program), also the same with
    > Vista x64. If the update is listed for Vista it's not for XP or XP x64.
    > Trying to add incompatible components can corrupt an operating system.
    >
    > --
    > Dennis Pack
    > XP x64 SP2, Vista Enterprise x64 SP1
    > WHS, Office Professional Plus 2007 SP1
    > "Denise" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >I think you misunderstood what I said. I want to put SP2 on a disk and I
    > >ran
    > > across websites where people are confused as to whether or not SP3 is for
    > > Windows XP Pro x64. I finally found the site for Windows XP Pro x64 for
    > > SP2
    > > at this site, not sure if it's the same one you posted.
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...C0-6283-44C3-BB84-B2F0315B2AE6&displaylang=en
    > >
    > > Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to find it. When I typed
    > > 'Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 download' in Microsofts's search box, I was
    > > directed
    > > to this site:
    > > http://search.microsoft.com/Results...ORM=QBME1&l=1&SearchBtn0.x=11&SearchBtn0.y=12
    > > . There's no SP2 download at this site.
    > >
    > > My original post was meant to point out the insufficiencies, gaps or voids
    > > for people who have XP Pro x64. Too many times, I have to choose between
    > > downloading programs for XP, Vista x64 or server 2003. I always choose XP
    > > but why should I have to download a 32-bit program for an x64 os? People
    > > with Vista x64 don't have to. WOW64 doesn't always work.
    > >
    > > In order to install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, I had to do a Repair of
    > > Windows, download and install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then
    > > install
    > > IE7 for x64. I couldn't install Adobe Flash Player, Active X with IE7 for
    > > x64 installed. I uninstalled IE7 for x64 and tried to install Adobe Flash
    > > Player, Active X, but I received a message that said that the program is
    > > not
    > > intended for my machine. So, because I put in my time and knowledge, I
    > > now
    > > have IE7 for x64 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X, but I had to jump
    > > through
    > > hoops and dodge MS flags, error messages, and lack of effort and
    > > consideration to make XP Pro x64 a stand-alone os with lack of support
    > > from
    > > MS. I can't say that many other people will know that a Repair is needed
    > > to
    > > first install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install IE7, so
    > > they're
    > > left without Adobe Flash Player, Active X. Does MS know how inconvenient
    > > and
    > > irritating it is to have a message pop up with its associated bong to
    > > install
    > > Active X or Adobe Flash Player for every website that's opened, in my
    > > case,
    > > at least 100 times a day, but it can't be installed? No update from
    > > Microsoft has allowed Adobe Flash Player, Active X to be installed after
    > > IE7
    > > x64 has been installed.
    > >
    > > SP2 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X are just examples of problems that
    > > people with XP Pro x64 are forced to face because Microsoft refuses to get
    > > off its duff, shell out a few of its billions of dollars, and do something
    > > about it.
    > >
    > > As I said in my first post, I'm angry that my os is treated as a poor
    > > relation, twice removed by MS, and that MS doesn't care about it or the
    > > people who bought this supposedly next generation os, and is putting all
    > > of
    > > it's attention on Vista x64, a baby-bs os. I'm tired of being deprived of
    > > programs that aren't XP Pro x64 compatible and I want something to sink my
    > > teeth into and I want it now! The cards show that I might just as well
    > > start
    > > whistling Dixie right now.
    > > --
    > > Denise
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Tony Sperling" wrote:
    > >
    > >> It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell
    > >> there
    > >> is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    > >> all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2
    > >> conforms
    > >> to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    > >> being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the
    > >> Server
    > >> OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the
    > >> Service
    > >> Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.
    > >>
    > >> I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's
    > >> on
    > >> your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be
    > >> offered
    > >> you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any
    > >> SP's
    > >> are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other
    > >> products.
    > >> They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it
    > >> hits
    > >> you!
    > >>
    > >> Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    > >> Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load
    > >> of
    > >> corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP
    > >> x64,
    > >> but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any
    > >> of
    > >> the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    > >> background processing you don't need.
    > >>
    > >> Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    > >> you!
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Tony. . .
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Denise" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >> > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an
    > >> > SP2
    > >> > or
    > >> > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for
    > >> > Vista
    > >> > only. When I went to
    > >> > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is
    > >> > no
    > >> > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    > >> > the
    > >> > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    > >> > Server
    > >> > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to
    > >> > realize
    > >> > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    > >> > try
    > >> > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    > >> > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    > >> > x64.
    > >> > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to.
    > >> > They
    > >> > all
    > >> > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64
    > >> > and
    > >> > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    > >> > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    > >> > If
    > >> > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the
    > >> > proper
    > >> > version of Windows.
    > >> >
    > >> > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    > >> > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    > >> > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    > >> >
    > >> > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    > >> > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be
    > >> > hand-fed
    > >> > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last
    > >> > half
    > >> > of
    > >> > the alphabet?
    > >> >
    > >> > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are
    > >> > asking:
    > >> > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is
    > >> > for
    > >> > XP
    > >> > x64.' ?!?
    > >> >
    > >> > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    > >> > have
    > >> > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the
    > >> > Windows
    > >> > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is
    > >> > right?
    > >> > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate
    > >> > category
    > >> > for
    > >> > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    > >> >
    > >> > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to
    > >> > put
    > >> > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over
    > >> > an
    > >> > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    > >> > don't
    > >> > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    > >> >
    > >> > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    > >> > --
    > >> > Denise
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>

    >
     
    Denise, Oct 18, 2008
    #7
  8. Denise

    Denise Guest

    Yup, I agree with you about the reason for the name that they gave XP Pro
    x64. It didn't win people over because there wasn't enough software on the
    market for XP Pro x64.

    I also have the x64 browser and the x32 browser. I couldn't install Flash
    Player until I did a Repair and prior to installing the x64 browser. I
    continued to receive the message that the program wasn't intended for my
    machine.

    I like the XP Pro x64 os itself but MS really needs to make some
    work-arounds, probably WOW64 files, in order to make it more compatible with
    the pc world.
    --
    Denise




    "Tony Sperling" wrote:

    > O.K. - I may have missed a few essentials there. The SP you want to put on a
    > disk is the one in the first link in your above post (SP2), and contains all
    > of SP3 that you will need, so you can safely forget about SP3 until the
    > 64bit SP3 is announced to be released.
    >
    > The second link points to text in documents referencing your search
    > ley-words - not the download itself.
    >
    > I totally agree that information can be hard to find, and it really is very
    > sad how MS decided to side-track the best OS they have made to date. This
    > decision has persuaded software developers not to invest in more development
    > into the product, since not many more will ever buy it, (Since it has been
    > side-tracked). But the lack of 64bit software is not any concern for MS
    > since they do not write the software in most cases. They do, however, write
    > the Active-x component.
    >
    > You cannot make Java and Flash work from the 64bit browser - but they both
    > work fine in the 32bit browser. It's a bit cumbersome to learn to work with,
    > but I solved this by having the IE icon in the Quick Launch Bar default to
    > the 32bit and editing the Desktop icon to point to the 64bit instance. It's
    > not half bad, in my opinion. In the best of worlds it wouldn't be
    > neccessary, but I honestly don't know who else to blame - or why I would
    > want to keep bothering over the long run.
    >
    > XP x64 is not in the same family as XP, except for it's looks. It is derived
    > from the Server OS's - with the server parts removed, so they couldn't name
    > it after the Server products. But you are right, naming it after XP was
    > probably a mistake that has generated much confusion. Somebody decided it
    > needed a name, and I guess they believed that the target audience would be
    > people running XP workstations who wanted to jack up their computing a notch
    > or two.
    >
    >
    > So, I can only sympathise!
    >
    >
    > Tony. . .
    >
    >
    > "Denise" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >I think you misunderstood what I said. I want to put SP2 on a disk and I
    > >ran
    > > across websites where people are confused as to whether or not SP3 is for
    > > Windows XP Pro x64. I finally found the site for Windows XP Pro x64 for
    > > SP2
    > > at this site, not sure if it's the same one you posted.
    > > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...C0-6283-44C3-BB84-B2F0315B2AE6&displaylang=en
    > >
    > > Unfortunately, it took me a very long time to find it. When I typed
    > > 'Windows XP Pro x64 SP2 download' in Microsofts's search box, I was
    > > directed
    > > to this site:
    > > http://search.microsoft.com/Results...ORM=QBME1&l=1&SearchBtn0.x=11&SearchBtn0.y=12
    > > . There's no SP2 download at this site.
    > >
    > > My original post was meant to point out the insufficiencies, gaps or voids
    > > for people who have XP Pro x64. Too many times, I have to choose between
    > > downloading programs for XP, Vista x64 or server 2003. I always choose XP
    > > but why should I have to download a 32-bit program for an x64 os? People
    > > with Vista x64 don't have to. WOW64 doesn't always work.
    > >
    > > In order to install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, I had to do a Repair of
    > > Windows, download and install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then
    > > install
    > > IE7 for x64. I couldn't install Adobe Flash Player, Active X with IE7 for
    > > x64 installed. I uninstalled IE7 for x64 and tried to install Adobe Flash
    > > Player, Active X, but I received a message that said that the program is
    > > not
    > > intended for my machine. So, because I put in my time and knowledge, I
    > > now
    > > have IE7 for x64 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X, but I had to jump
    > > through
    > > hoops and dodge MS flags, error messages, and lack of effort and
    > > consideration to make XP Pro x64 a stand-alone os with lack of support
    > > from
    > > MS. I can't say that many other people will know that a Repair is needed
    > > to
    > > first install Adobe Flash Player, Active X, and then install IE7, so
    > > they're
    > > left without Adobe Flash Player, Active X. Does MS know how inconvenient
    > > and
    > > irritating it is to have a message pop up with its associated bong to
    > > install
    > > Active X or Adobe Flash Player for every website that's opened, in my
    > > case,
    > > at least 100 times a day, but it can't be installed? No update from
    > > Microsoft has allowed Adobe Flash Player, Active X to be installed after
    > > IE7
    > > x64 has been installed.
    > >
    > > SP2 and Adobe Flash Player, Active X are just examples of problems that
    > > people with XP Pro x64 are forced to face because Microsoft refuses to get
    > > off its duff, shell out a few of its billions of dollars, and do something
    > > about it.
    > >
    > > As I said in my first post, I'm angry that my os is treated as a poor
    > > relation, twice removed by MS, and that MS doesn't care about it or the
    > > people who bought this supposedly next generation os, and is putting all
    > > of
    > > it's attention on Vista x64, a baby-bs os. I'm tired of being deprived of
    > > programs that aren't XP Pro x64 compatible and I want something to sink my
    > > teeth into and I want it now! The cards show that I might just as well
    > > start
    > > whistling Dixie right now.
    > > --
    > > Denise
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Tony Sperling" wrote:
    > >
    > >> It's true, the XP Service Packs are confusing - as far as I can tell
    > >> there
    > >> is no SP3 for XP x64 since the XP SP3 updates that referenses XP x64 were
    > >> all ready in the XP x64 SP2 that you have today, since XP x64 SP2
    > >> conforms
    > >> to XP SP3. The misalignment is grounded in XP x64 not being developed as
    > >> being an extension of the XP product, but rather an extension of the
    > >> Server
    > >> OS products that happen to look like XP, so the enumeration of the
    > >> Service
    > >> Packs does not conform across OS version numbers.
    > >>
    > >> I really do not think you should contemplate installing any further SP's
    > >> on
    > >> your own, I, personally, have dropped the thought since they will be
    > >> offered
    > >> you via Windows Update as required per availability, and seing that any
    > >> SP's
    > >> are VERY product oriented and will not bring anything to any other
    > >> products.
    > >> They may seem to work - but you'll never know what they broke until it
    > >> hits
    > >> you!
    > >>
    > >> Vista is for Vista only, and my best guess is that any SP's labeled as a
    > >> Server OS SP are targeted towards Server installations with the work-load
    > >> of
    > >> corporate networks in mind. No doubt it would install fine on your XP
    > >> x64,
    > >> but if you're not serving a corporate network then it will not help any
    > >> of
    > >> the other stuff you might be doing, except bogging down your machine with
    > >> background processing you don't need.
    > >>
    > >> Relax, lean back and wait for Windows Update to take care of the SP's for
    > >> you!
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Tony. . .
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Denise" <> wrote in message
    > >> news:...
    > >> > I've just gone around and around the Microsoft site trying to find an
    > >> > SP2
    > >> > or
    > >> > SP3 download for Windows XP Pro x64. When I chose x64, it was for
    > >> > Vista
    > >> > only. When I went to
    > >> > http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx, there is
    > >> > no
    > >> > category for XP Pro x64. I could try a guess . . . maybe I should use
    > >> > the
    > >> > Vista x64 since it's an x64 update or maybe I should use the Windows
    > >> > Server
    > >> > 2003 update, or maybe even Windows XP. When is Microsoft going to
    > >> > realize
    > >> > that XP Pro x64 needs its own category. I have the same problem when I
    > >> > try
    > >> > to download most programs. They're good for Vista x64, Windows XP, and
    > >> > Windows Server 2003, but very few of them actually state Windows XP Pro
    > >> > x64.
    > >> > I also find the same problem in all the other forums that I go to.
    > >> > They
    > >> > all
    > >> > believe that XP covers all XP, whether Vista x64, Windows XP Pro x64
    > >> > and
    > >> > Windows XP. Well, in that case, I should be able to download programs
    > >> > intended for Windows XP x32 for my 64-bit os! It's a bunch of hogwash.
    > >> > If
    > >> > no place else, Microsoft should have its downloads named with the
    > >> > proper
    > >> > version of Windows.
    > >> >
    > >> > Here's a website where everyone is confused and doesn't know what to do
    > >> > regarding SP2 or SP3 for Windows XP Pro x64
    > >> > http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&q=windows xp pro x64 sp3 download
    > >> >
    > >> > Microsoft made Windows XP Pro x64 and is treating it as a poor removed
    > >> > relation. As we all know, Vista x64 is for babies who need to be
    > >> > hand-fed
    > >> > the A B C's of an os. What about the rest of us who are in the last
    > >> > half
    > >> > of
    > >> > the alphabet?
    > >> >
    > >> > Here is a reply to the question that I and many other people are
    > >> > asking:
    > >> > 'SP3 is for XP x32, and is not for XP x64. Windows Server 2003 SP2 is
    > >> > for
    > >> > XP
    > >> > x64.' ?!?
    > >> >
    > >> > WHY should I have to search for updates for Windows Server 2003 when I
    > >> > have
    > >> > Windows XP Pro x64? When I asked the same question here, at the
    > >> > Windows
    > >> > forums, I was told to download the updates for Windows XP. Who is
    > >> > right?
    > >> > Someone has to be right and someone has to be wrong. A separate
    > >> > category
    > >> > for
    > >> > XP Pro x64 makes much more sense.
    > >> >
    > >> > Please don't tell me to get automatic updates because I do. I want to
    > >> > put
    > >> > SP3 on a CD if Microsoft has it for XP Pro x64 and, after spending over
    > >> > an
    > >> > hour looking around the Microsoft site and reading many posts, I still
    > >> > don't
    > >> > know if there is a SP3 for XP Pro x64.
    > >> >
    > >> > Mac and Linux are starting to look better and better all the time.
    > >> > --
    > >> > Denise
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>

    >
    >
    >
     
    Denise, Oct 18, 2008
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