You know that cliché of the empty street in a western outpost just before a climactic shoot out where a solitary bell rings high noon and a slow wind blows a ball of tangleweed and dust around the near-cavernous seeming road? That’s what Microsoft Update reminds me of for Windows XP x64. Install XP x86 with SP2 fresh on a box and there are some 70 or so critical updates to download and watch tick by. For x64, there are five. It’s spooky. The main reason would seem to be XP x64 Service Pack 2 which came out last week on March 13.

I seem to have lucked out on XP64. Aside from the reasonably few updates, I read in SP2’s release notes that

The x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition are based on the Windows Server 2003 code tree. Service and support activities for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition use the Windows Server 2003 tree and do not use the Windows XP client tree.

Sure enough, this means I’ve got IIS 6.0 running on my machine which is priceless for me. I’m curious exactly how user roles are split now though. I’m running as administrator for the time being while installing everything, but does the admin vs standard user separation work the same way as in Vista but without UAC butting in? Or rather, is it worth the effort to use only a standard user account here in XP 64 or will I end up running as admin every five minutes anyway? Anyone use this who knows?