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Is my Machine 64 bit compatible ?
Unlike the Intel Core, Intel Core 2 is a 64-bit processor, supporting EM64T.

Charlie Russel


Printers and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Taken from Charlie Russel's blog

There have been a lot of questions on the Newsgroup about what printers are supported in x64. And while there is no comprehensive list all in one place, HP deserves kudos for transparency across their entire printer line. Check HP Printer Support for XP Professional x64 Edition for a complete list of where they are with printer support for x64.

Beyond what’s officially supported, however, there are a whole range of printers that work quite adequately in x64 Edition, even though there aren’t any official drivers yet. They may not include all the functionality of specifically engineered printer drivers, but they will be able to perform basic printing functions. The first thing to understand is that there are two basic printer control languages-“Printer Control Language” (PCL) and Postscript. PCL has been the core of the HP line since the earliest days of Laser Jets Basic printing functionality with PCL will support virtually all HP laser printers. If your specific model isn’t there, just choose the closest model that is supported

Postscript is more than just a printer language, and has been primarily used by Apple and high end graphics and design users because of it’s wealth of very high quality fonts, and platform independent support. This platform independence continues into the x64 world, with excellent drivers for Postscript printers built into the OS. The specific driver for your model printer may not be there, limiting your choice of controlling which paper tray is used, and possibly which fonts are available, but if your printer supports Postscript, you’ll be able to print.

On connectivity-I strongly believe that TCP/IP is the way to go for printer connectivity. If you are buying a printer, make sure it has a network card in it. If you already have a printer, take a look at one of the many TCP/IP network print server appliances available today, including wireless ones. If you use TCP/IP to connect to your printer, you again gain platform independence.

Finally, in my next post I’ll cover how to add x64 support to your existing 32–bit print server (well, if it’s running Server 2003, at least.)

Charlie Russel

Microsoft MVP for Server, Security and Tablet PCs
Setting up a 64 Bit Member server in SBS 2003
Setting up a 64 bit server sounds daunting. It should not be. You install Windows 2003 64 bit server, add a server name on the SBS 2003 server in the Add server Wizard and use the connect computer wizard to complete the task.

There are only a few tricks.
  • Make sure all applications are 64 bit
  • Make sure your Antivirus of choice supports 64 bit
  • Confirm any Backup agents or software are 64 Bit
  • Have the SCSI or RAID 64 bit drivers available when you press f6 during the install
  • Install only 64 bit monitoring and RAID software
  • Install 64 bit printer and other drivers

    The server will look like normal Windows and behave in a similar manor. There are additional folders in the root drive to support the mixed 32 and 64 bit applications and you have a special 64 and 32 bit internet explorer. Other than this, installing 64 bit as a member server (for example to be used with Windows 2003 Enterprise 64 bit and SQL 64bit to make use of more than 4 gb ram) is straight forward.









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