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Traditionally, Intel and Microsoft have been backward compatible with older versions of their products. The IA64 architecture and the Windows XP 64-bit operating system are no exceptions to this rule, taking elaborate steps to make old applications work seamlessly under this new combination. These new platforms, however, present an interesting risk, a risk that needs to be taken seriously. This risk is existing malware, which runs on the current 32-bit Windows platform. This paper will explain how the Win64/IA64 platform supports Win32/ IA32 applications and therefore already existing malware for that platform, but will also investigate how current malware can potentially corrupt and destroy Win64 applications.
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