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Windows 7: Upgrading to 64 bit OS

18 Feb 2012   #1

Windows XP Professional 32 bit
 
 
Upgrading to 64 bit OS

Is it possible to upgrade my computer from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS?

I don't know if people can look at my computer specs on my profile or not, and I don't know if I got the correct data.


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18 Feb 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfofAlchemy View Post
Is it possible to upgrade my computer from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS?

I don't know if people can look at my computer specs on my profile or not, and I don't know if I got the correct data.

Here is a link to help you find out. Find if my Processor is 32-bit or 64-bit capable in XP, Vista and Windows 7


If you have the small form factor, the max memory is 2 gig and if so you are better off on 32 bit.
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18 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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18 Feb 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

You need to go to Microsoft and look for their "Upgrade Advisor", which will sniff your PC and tell you if it will run Windows 64-bit.

But there's no particular reason to change, particularly with only 2 GB of RAM. Why do you want to change?
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18 Feb 2012   #5

Windows XP Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You need to go to Microsoft and look for their "Upgrade Advisor", which will sniff your PC and tell you if it will run Windows 64-bit.

But there's no particular reason to change, particularly with only 2 GB of RAM. Why do you want to change?
I don't really know. I just heard that 64 bit can run better or something of that sort. I know you have to have a good bit of RAM though.

So I should just stick with 32 bit?
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18 Feb 2012   #6

Windows XP Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfofAlchemy View Post
Is it possible to upgrade my computer from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS?

I don't know if people can look at my computer specs on my profile or not, and I don't know if I got the correct data.

Here is a link to help you find out. Find if my Processor is 32-bit or 64-bit capable in XP, Vista and Windows 7


If you have the small form factor, the max memory is 2 gig and if so you are better off on 32 bit.
Thanks for the link. It says that it's a x86 based computer so that 32 bit? I never understood what that actually ment.
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18 Feb 2012   #7

Windows XP Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Thank you also. This test told me I could upgrade to Professional or Ultimate 32bit. Guess I got my anwser. I just pretty much wanted to know if it was possible to go to 64bit.
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18 Feb 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

With a Pentium 4 and 2gb I would stick with 32 bit.

Make sure it's optimized following these steps to Clean up factory bloatware.

With 2gb I woudl also dial back the Visual Effects in Control Panel>System>Advanced settings to eliminate animation, fading, sliding and dragging intact. These are standard edits for low resource older hardware and will give you better performance.
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18 Feb 2012   #9

Windows XP Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
With a Pentium 4 and 2gb I would stick with 32 bit.

Make sure it's optimized following these steps to Clean up factory bloatware.

With 2gb I woudl also dial back the Visual Effects in Control Panel>System>Advanced settings to eliminate animation, fading, sliding and dragging intact. These are standard edits for low resource older hardware and will give you better performance.
Thanks but I already have programs that did that all for me. I'll still check out the link though. Not all programs do every detail of work like I'd like them to. I should probably turn off some more of the effects though. It's hell on my out dated CPU.
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18 Feb 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

What programs did you use to optimize your system?

Most optimizing suites are not desirable for Windows 7. I would only use CCleaner or WinPatrol and even WinPatrol's realtime protection can be a drag on resources.

You want a completely clean boot, and never any tweaking with Windows 7.
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