Windows XP 64 bit fileserver and 32 bit client - any implications?

Posted on 2010-08-25
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I am considering buying a machine running windows xp 64 bit and use it as a file server. All the other machines in the network use 32 bit. Will this have any implications? I.e if the files are saved on the 64 bit system can they potentially be changed in any way?

As you understand I am not familiar with the background of 64 bit OS - what is the main reason for using 64 bit opposed to 32 bit?
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Tordan earned 144 total points
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There are no changes made to documents saved on your file server because of the OS.

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Tordan earned 144 total points
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32 bit vs 64 bit OS is about the number of instructions passed at the same time. Think of your your server built with a 8 lane highway rather then a 4 lane.
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bmatumbura earned 143 total points
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It should be all OK. The files will not be changed in any way.


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lost_enigma earned 71 total points
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main - the q-ty of possible RAM in the system. 32bit OS limited to 4 GB (little less). 64GB support much more.
Other - 64bit OS is little faster in operation (3-7%, depends on type of operation).

About XP as a fileserver - i think that is not very good solution. Basically windows XP limited to 10 client network connections. that is why if you have more (or will plan to connect a printer for example to this server) you will have a problem with "access" to this server.

You should patch you system (that is not recommended by MS :) )

But i know in my practice, when patched XP used as a fileserver. not so much difference in small organization (5-12 PCs).

About difference in x86 or x64 architecture for file storing - there is no any difference. They are totally compatible
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bmatumbura earned 143 total points
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This may help answer your 3rd question "what is the main reason for using 64 bit opposed to 32 bit?":

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Dave_LaSalle earned 71 total points
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Excellent section discussing this on wiki-p
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graye earned 71 total points
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I'm thinking along the same lines as lost_enigma...   Why would  you want to install an 9-year old operating system on a new server?

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Hi thanks for all your good replies. The machine I am going to use as a server is itself old and I only have  a very small network with three clients so I guess I am good to go. Thanks all!

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