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Windows 7: XP mode: 32 or 64 bit

30 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
XP mode: 32 or 64 bit

I just installed XP mode. In the XP desktop, if I do click Start, right-click MyComputer, and select Properties, there is no indication in the General tab as to whether it is 32-bit XP or 64-bit XP. Is there a way to tell?

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30 Aug 2010   #2

Windows Dual-boot / Win 7 Home Premium 64-Bit & Win XP Pro 32-Bit
 
 

I believe if you click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information, it should be listed as System Type and should tell you which it is.
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30 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In XP, unless it specifically says Windows XP Professional x64, then you're fine. Additionally, here are the screenshots of the boot screen as well as the system properties dialog box from Windows XP Professional x64. If your screen does not look like this, then you have XP 32-bit. Also, as a point of reference, XP mode uses Windows XP 32-bit.


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30 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Adrenal Tech View Post
I believe if you click Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information, it should be listed as System Type and should tell you which it is.
It says x86-based PC. Wikipedia indicates that this can include 16 and 64 bit.

However, the System Directory is system32. I'm not sure if this is enough to indicate with certainty that the OS is 32-bit. Would an N-bit OS have systemN as the System Directory?
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30 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
In XP, unless it specifically says Windows XP Professional x64, then you're fine. Additionally, here are the screenshots of the boot screen as well as the system properties dialog box from Windows XP Professional x64. If your screen does not look like this, then you have XP 32-bit. Also, as a point of reference, XP mode uses Windows XP 32-bit.
You must be psychic. You said "then you're fine" as if I *wanted* 32-bit XP (and in fact I do).

I wonder why this little detail (that XP mode is 32-bit) is not in the XP Mode web pages, or in the How-To PDF file. Unless you've owned 64-bit XP before, one would not know what are the indicators from which one could discern the datapath width.
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30 Aug 2010   #6

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

The XP mode in win 7 is only 32bit.

Ken
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30 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
The XP mode in win 7 is only 32bit.

Ken
Thanks...wish this detail was better documented.
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31 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by New7user7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
The XP mode in win 7 is only 32bit.

Ken
Thanks...wish this detail was better documented.
I agree, although if it were XP x64 that was also available, Microsoft might have to rename it "Server 2003 SP1 that looks like XP" Mode.
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31 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by New7user7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darician View Post
In XP, unless it specifically says Windows XP Professional x64, then you're fine. Additionally, here are the screenshots of the boot screen as well as the system properties dialog box from Windows XP Professional x64. If your screen does not look like this, then you have XP 32-bit. Also, as a point of reference, XP mode uses Windows XP 32-bit.
You must be psychic. You said "then you're fine" as if I *wanted* 32-bit XP (and in fact I do).

I wonder why this little detail (that XP mode is 32-bit) is not in the XP Mode web pages, or in the How-To PDF file. Unless you've owned 64-bit XP before, one would not know what are the indicators from which one could discern the datapath width.
I figured as most people want XP 32-bit. In regard to it not being that obvious, that is actually true. They put it in the FAQ about Windows XP Mode as the very last question I believe. I guess they didn't really mention it to avoid confusion from people and because if they want to achieive compatibility, for which XP Mode is designed for, then it must be 32-bit because a lot of older line of business apps require 32-bit for some reason or another.
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01 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KazeNoKoe23 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by New7user7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
The XP mode in win 7 is only 32bit.

Ken
Thanks...wish this detail was better documented.
I agree, although if it were XP x64 that was also available, Microsoft might have to rename it "Server 2003 SP1 that looks like XP" Mode.
OK, that went over my head. I'm a mere end user, so I let the IT folks coddle me by caring for the server side of things.
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