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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Windows 2003 64-bit: 32-bit emulation?

I have just started to admin a 64-bit windows 2003 server, and found the following processes in the Windows Task Manager:

IEXPLORE.EXE*32

msiexec.exe*32

Apparently, Windows launches 32-bit versions of its applications when it thinks it needs them, which is further supported by this thread:

http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windows.64bit.general/browse_thread/thread/929109d74c8151e0/55d5473c769880f0%2355d5473c769880f0

The most interesting thing about this for me, is that we, (64-bit Linux users), have been fighting with the need to use 32-bit versions of our browsers, because of a lack of 64-bit versions of Flash and the w32codecs… Apparently, Windows suffers from the same issues…

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