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Windows 7: 32 to 64 bit upgrade. How?

13 Jul 2014   #1
pappi

 
32 to 64 bit upgrade. How?

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System type is 32-bit OS and 64-bit capable. How do I upgrade from 32 to 64 bit?




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13 Jul 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

You would need a 64-bit copy of the Windows media and would have to perform a clean install using your exsiting product key, provided it was a retail copy which covers both 32-bit and 64-bit installations. However, as you only have 4GB RAM I'd recommend staying with a 32-bit OS.
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13 Jul 2014   #3
AddRAM

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Agreed, unless you have the memory now, there`s no point in switching yet.
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13 Jul 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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I changed from 32 to 64 with only 4 GB of RAM when I last rebuilt. Can't tell the difference in ordinary day-to-day operation.

You may as well do it if you were starting from scratch and building a PC, but I don't know that I'd go to the trouble otherwise--unless you have some over-riding reason to need 64-bit.
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13 Jul 2014   #5
pappi

 

I am supposed to be capable of 6 GB RAM. Would that suffice? And how do I add two more GB's?
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13 Jul 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pappi View Post
I am supposed to be capable of 6 GB RAM. Would that suffice? And how do I add two more GB's?
Suffice? Suffice for what purpose? If you want to use 64-bit, go ahead. Nothing wrong with 64-bit and 4 GB RAM or 6 GB RAM or whatever.


If you aren't currently using all of your 4, there's no reason in the world to buy more, regardless of the 32-bit/64-bit question. Adding more RAM won't improve anything if you have enough already.

You can easily determine if you are using all of your 4 by looking at Resource Monitor within Task Manager.

If you now have two 2 GB sticks of RAM and add a third 2 GB stick, you'll have 6, but you'd be in single channel mode rather than dual channel. It's only a minor performance hit. If you actually need a 5th or 6th GB of RAM, go ahead in spite of the single channel issue.

But you've given us no reason to believe you are using all of the 4 you now have.
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13 Jul 2014   #7
pappi

 

The first two responders gave me the idea that going from 32 to 64-bit OS requires RAM greater than 4 GB.

At the moment, 4 GB seems much more than what I need or actually use with my current 32-bit OS..

I have a suspicion I have only two slots for memory sticks. That means I have to remove one 2GB stick and replace it with 4 GB stick to make 6 GB. Is there a way to find out how many slots I actually have without opening the notebook? My system information does not provide the answer.
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13 Jul 2014   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

The reason folks suggested staying with 32 bit is that it can use all of the 4GB you have installed so switching to 64 bit doesn't gain you anything.

If you want more than 4GB then you have to switch to 64 bit. You don't need to buy a new key or install DVD as the key you have is good for 32 and 64 bit, and you can download the 64 bit ISO from here: Windows 7 Direct Download Links
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13 Jul 2014   #9
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pappi View Post
The first two responders gave me the idea that going from 32 to 64-bit OS requires RAM greater than 4 GB.

At the moment, 4 GB seems much more than what I need or actually use with my current 32-bit OS..

I have a suspicion I have only two slots for memory sticks. That means I have to remove one 2GB stick and replace it with 4 GB stick to make 6 GB. Is there a way to find out how many slots I actually have without opening the notebook? My system information does not provide the answer.
One said recommend 32 bit. The other said no point in changing.

Their larger point is that there is no particular advantage to changing and it would take X hours to do it. Why waste X hours for no apparent gain?

If you had 64-bit and asked if you could go back to 32-bit, I suspect they'd say "Yeah, you could, but why would you".

The fact is you can use either assuming your hardware supports either.

I personally have been using 64-bit and 4 GB of RAM for years.

You can download Speccy (free) from Piriform.com. Run it. It's a great tool for identifying your hardware and will tell you how many slots you have.

If you have 2 slots, yes, you'd have to ditch a 2 GB stick and replace it with a 4 GB stick. That would give you 6, but you'd be in single channel mode.

Single channel mode and 6 GB is NOT ideal, but better than 4 GB in dual channel IF AND ONLY IF you actually would be using the 5th and 6th GB of RAM.

And you state that you likely wouldn't.

So, no need for 6 whatsoever.

Install 64-bit if you want to and be prepared to ask yourself why you went to the trouble.

Unless you have an over-riding reason beyond curiosity or "staying up to date", etc.
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13 Jul 2014   #10
pappi

 

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I snipped this while on two running windows, (1) seven forum active posting (2) Windows Media Center watching live TV broadcast with external TV tuner.

I do not know how to interpret the Resource Monitor graphic display. Does it say how much RAM is in use?


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