32 Bit Support To Be Optional in Windows Server 2008

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almax

I thought this was exciting news until I read.

"In addition, the Active Directory, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, and Web Server roles require the installation of WoW64 in order to run in Windows Server 2008 R2"

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd371790(VS.85).aspx

You would think that all 9 roles server core was intended to support would be native 64bit if 32bit functionality is considered to be only an option.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms723856(VS.85).aspx

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digital demon

About damn time, I say. 64-bit CPUs have been out for, what, 5 years? It's obvious that software developers aren't going to make the change on their own, so Microsoft is going to do what it has to do...not give them a choice.

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chris_k

Microsoft has already announced 2 or 3 years ago that Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 will be the last versions of windows to come in both 32-bit and 64-bit. Everything after that will be 64-bit only.

It was widely reported in the IT press at the time and Microsoft's policy hasn't changed since then. Very old news.