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How many Processor cores are supported by Windows 2003 Standard Edition

Posted on September 16th, 2008

Windows 2003 Standard Edition vs Enterprise Edition

In the past there were some limitations emposed on Windows 2003 Standard Edition which in some situations would mean that you would need to spend a bit more money and buy the Enterprise version instead. One of these limitations was memory and specifically related to the PAE environment (as detailed here).

However, I was asked the question about processors. Will Windows 2003 Standard Edition support 2 Quad core processors (8 cores in total)?

After much digging I have found the following resources to say that Standard Edition will support this:

Summary

Yes, Windows 2003 Standard Edition will support upto 4 physical processors, whether the processors in the system are single-core, hyperthreaded, or multicore.

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