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Windows 7: Question about upgrading to 64 bit

06 Jun 2012   #1
antiduke

Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 
Question about upgrading to 64 bit

I have been scouring the internet this morning trying to find out if my machine is capable of running 64 bit Windows 7. I am currently running 32 bit XP Pro.

Here are my computer's stats:
Intel Dual Core E2180 @ 2.0GHz
3 GB of Ram
Video Card - AMD Radeon HD 6670

According to the Intel site regarding this processor, it says "64-bit computing on Intel® architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel® 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Consult with your system vendor for more information."

Important text in bold. I wasn't really sure what this meant? And if it matters my goal is to upgrade so that I can utilize more memory. Thanks in advance!


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06 Jun 2012   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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06 Jun 2012   #3
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

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You may want to run this Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows
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06 Jun 2012   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to SF antiduke.
Here is a utility that will tell you too. No install, it runs from the .exe.
GRC*|*SecurAble: Determine Processor Security Features*|**
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06 Jun 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The processor is what determines the ability to run a 64-bit OS, and in your case, it does support the feature.
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06 Jun 2012   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

If you plan to upgrade your RAM then I'd consider 64bit Clean Install Windows 7.

With 3gb RAM I'd stick with 32 bit.

32 bit vs 64 bit Comparison - Windows 7 Forums

64-bit More than just the RAM bit-tech.net
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06 Jun 2012   #7
antiduke

Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the quick responses! One other question: I am trying to decide what version to purchase. It appears that I can't do an "Upgrade" from XP. Is there a version I can buy that will allow me to install more than once? I ask this because I typically upgrade my PC every 4 years or so and don't want to have to purchase a new copy when I do.
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06 Jun 2012   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Any Win7 version can be reinstalled as often as you want as long as it's only on one machine at a time. You qualify for Upgrade version which has a considerable price break.

Most consumers only need Home Premium which is offered online at Buy.com, Newegg and Amazon in a Family 3 pack of licenses for only slightly more than the price of one copy.

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