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  • Hello, Windows XP Professional x64 Retail is not avaiable as integrated SP2 ISO. However, VL build of Windows XP Professional x64 integrated with SP2 is available in Subscriber Downloads. Why Retail build with integrated SP2 is not available? Please clarify this situation, and if could be made available,this would be highly appreciated.


    Saturday, October 1, 2011 8:22 PM

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  • I'm not sure why SunnyBoy Mike, its been quite a few years since WinXP x64 bits were released.  Its quite possible that the Windows team chose at the time not to make the with SP2 version of WinXP Professional X64 Retail that you're looking for, as its actually a relatively unique windows release. 

    It's harder to understand this from our perspective in 2011, where x64 architecture is widely adopted for home users, but back in the Windows XP days, there wasn't wide spread use of x64.  You can see that the dates we released Windows XP with SP2 x86 is back in 2004, however the RTM version of Windows XP Professional X64 posted date is 2005, and was actually based on the same codebase as Windows Server 2003 SP1.  Some of this is described in the Wikipedia entry for WinXP x64 professional:  

    Given its shared codebase with Windows Server 2003 SP1, and not other Windows XP Clients, and the proximity of the Windows Vista release, it wouldn't be that surprising to me if a retail version of the 'with sp2' bits wasn't released so the team could focus.

    Again, I would suspect that some of the differences in availability with WinXP x64 compared to what we might expect from a Windows Client release are due to the priorities of the day on the Windows team.

    I will log a request for the team for this, however I don't know when we'll have an answer back, but I hope this helps clarify things a bit.  


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    Monday, October 3, 2011 2:16 PM
  • Thanks Mike, waiting for the reply.
    Monday, October 3, 2011 7:57 PM