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If anyone has tried to install Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, I am sure you have noticed that installation does not work correctly because VS setup says that you need to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 even though there is not an SP2 available for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. This is a bug in setup for Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 that has been fixed in later builds.
In the meantime, you can workaround this issue by doing one of the following: