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Windows 7: Question about upgrading to 64 bit

06 Jun 2012   #1

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

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

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06 Jun 2012   #3

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06 Jun 2012   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

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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

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


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.

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06 Jun 2012   #7

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


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, Newegg and Amazon in a Family 3 pack of licenses for only slightly more than the price of one copy.

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