Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp

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    Apple has started quietly shipping 64-bit Windows Vista drivers with the install disks of the latest Mac Pros which were just released earlier this month. The installation instructions that come with the new Mac Pros specify this new feature:
    The finding has been confirmed by multiple users. No indication if these drivers will become available with the next Mac OS X update. Mac OS X 10.5.2 has been undergoing testing and is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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    Does this mean the 64-bit windows will see all the Mac Pros memory above 2Gigs ?
     
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    Is Windows Vista in high demand for Mac Owners? Not trying to be a fan boy, just curious about what has come out for Vista that OS X isn't going to be able to run or even a better question... what is Vista going to run that XP isn't going to run.

    MS Access?:confused:
     
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    What about other Macs? Aren't all the other Macs 64-bit too?
     
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    Good. Now how about some updated ATI graphic drivers for the Macbook Pro's...
     
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    I would say its more 64 bit support which is important here and vista is the better option for this, xp 64bit never really got the drivers it needed. Anybody buying a mac pro is likely using it for workstation class programs and as such benefits from increased ram and performance (on supporting programs) etc that 64 bit offers over 32 bit.

    Personally I've got 64bit vista (not on a mac) purely for these reasons.
     
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    If this was introduced onto existing Macs with an update, we would probably have to start burning driver discs again instead of using the ones on the Leopard disc.

    I wonder if XP Pro 64-bit works.
     
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    i'm wondering this too, since xp64 is far and away the best version of windows out there (driver support or not). hopefully if more people use it developers will start to get on board....
     
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    Perhaps Apple has just worked out a deal with Microsoft, helping them transition users from XP to Vista as they're having problems right now.

    I thought so, I hope it's introduced for other macs.

    That's inevitable anyway as a better driver could be built, or support for something that wasn't supported before could be released. And who knows, those drivers could become available through a software update on the windows side instead anyway.
     
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    Windows isn't worth 2 bits, let alone 64. Why buy a Mac Pro to Boot Camp Windows on, whatever flavor it is?
     
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    For 3D apps. 3ds max, zBrush, Mudbox and many other 3d apps are windows only.

    This is the one announcement concerning the Mac Pro I've been waiting for. Now i can run 3ds max and it'll support more than 3gb of ram!

    Precisely.
     
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    64-bit Vista - that means Vista Ultimate right? Which is pretty pricey...
     
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    Vista Ultimate isn't 64-bit.The 64-bit version is though.:)
     
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    I think all versions of Vista have a 64-bit equivalent.
     
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    Late 2007 . . . hmm, I bought mine in September of 2006. Damn.
     
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    burn driver disk at a local mac store

    Just bring in a blank CD and burn a drivers CD from one of the new Mac Pro's there.
     
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    So 64 bit support for the new Mac Pro (not "old" Mac Pro) and 8800GT support for the new Mac Pro (not "old" Mac Pro). I'm really feeling the love here...
     
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    Ah Ok, Ultimate is the only one that comes with it in the box, but you can order it separately for the other editions.
     
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    Apple should just push a new disc image via Software Update. I don't want them to play games like only Mac Pro buyers are smart enough to buy 64-bit Windows.
     
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    I don't think you can burn a driver CD in Leopard, so that wouldn't work.
     
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    Holy crap that's hilarious.

    I just got my 8-core Mac Pro last week, and I was going to install Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit this weekend, even though I didn't think it was supported. Had no idea that they made 64-bit drivers.

    What a nice surprise. Thanks, Apple.

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    If your running a SR laptop, yes.
     
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    What's the big deal? I have 64bit vista installed on my late 2006 mac pro and have for months. Wow, Apple released drivers, congrats...now my volume keys have a little OSD. *claps*
     
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    Finally, 16 nibbles of pure bitness!
     
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    That was going to happen eventually anyway! Drivers wouldn't stay the same until OS X 10.6 is released...!
     

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