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Windows 7: Can I run Windows 7 64-bit?

22 Sep 2009   #11
ravichauhan002

windows 7
 
 

I've searched and searched and still don't understand whether I will be able to run Windows 7 x64. I know my processor supports 64-bit, but is that all I need, or does the motherboard have to be compatible too? Will I be able to at least RUN Windows 7 x64, whether it gives me increased performance or not? The reason I ask is there's a cheap ($100) upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on journeyed.com/select, and it appears that they don't have a price-reduced 32-bit windows 7 ultimate. Thank you.


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22 Sep 2009   #12
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Post your system specs in your profile, so we can see what hardware you have.
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22 Sep 2009   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ravichauhan002 View Post
I know my processor supports 64-bit, but is that all I need, or does the motherboard have to be compatible too?
Yes, despite what has been posted, the processor is all you need to be compatible...provided you have a common chipset from the likes of Intel, Nvidia, or AMD. If so, you'll be fine running Windows 7 x64. The only hitch is, you may have to go to the individual component manufacturer's website to find drivers, or just use Windows Update.

For example, I had a Dell Latitude D630 for a work system. At the time W7 was released on TechNet, they didn't have any Windows 7 drivers at all. After a quick trip to Intel's website, I had all I needed, and ran the system with no issues. Based on some of the comments here, I would have just assumed it wasn't compatible.

Anyway kegobeer's advice still stands. Post your system specs, and you'll know for sure.
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22 Sep 2009   #14
sancho22

Windows Vista Home Premium x86
 
 

@DeaconFrost
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The bigger question is...how come you've been wasting some of your RAM all this time?
I'm guessing you're referring to the fact that 32-bit os can't use all 4 GB, but 64-bit can? BTW, do you think if I install Windows 7 64-bit, it will be able to use all 4 Gigs?
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22 Sep 2009   #15
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Sancho

Without your system specs it hard for us to help you
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22 Sep 2009   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sancho22 View Post
I'm guessing you're referring to the fact that 32-bit os can't use all 4 GB, but 64-bit can? BTW, do you think if I install Windows 7 64-bit, it will be able to use all 4 Gigs?
Yes, absolutely. That's the primary reason many of us haven't been running a 32bit OS for several years now. Ever since DDR2 memory became dirt cheap, there's been little reason not to load up on system memory. When Vista x64 was released three years ago, we finally had a consumer ready x64 OS for use on our everyday systems, without worry about finding drivers. Well, Vista had some driver issues when it came out, but they were rectified somewhat quickly.

I have to admit, I'm surprised by your question. You started a thread asking whether or not you can run Windows 7 x64. I would have thought that the ability to use all of your memory would be the primary reason you'd be asking about Windows 7.
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22 Sep 2009   #17
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ravichauhan002 View Post
I've searched and searched and still don't understand whether I will be able to run Windows 7 x64. I know my processor supports 64-bit, but is that all I need, or does the motherboard have to be compatible too? Will I be able to at least RUN Windows 7 x64, whether it gives me increased performance or not? The reason I ask is there's a cheap ($100) upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on journeyed.com/select, and it appears that they don't have a price-reduced 32-bit windows 7 ultimate. Thank you.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Yes, despite what has been posted, the processor is all you need to be compatible...provided you have a common chipset from the likes of Intel, Nvidia, or AMD. If so, you'll be fine running Windows 7 x64. The only hitch is, you may have to go to the individual component manufacturer's website to find drivers, or just use Windows Update.

For example, I had a Dell Latitude D630 for a work system. At the time W7 was released on TechNet, they didn't have any Windows 7 drivers at all. After a quick trip to Intel's website, I had all I needed, and ran the system with no issues. Based on some of the comments here, I would have just assumed it wasn't compatible.

Anyway kegobeer's advice still stands. Post your system specs, and you'll know for sure.
Please post your system specs and the people here can give you a better answer, rather than a guess.

I have done the same as DeaconFrost, you can check your OEM or search if a self-build.

Here's my guess:
To run a 64-bit version of Windows, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. If you are unsure whether your processor is 64-bit-capable, do the following:

1. Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.
2. Click 'View and print details', this will show you the detailed information.
3. In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running underSystem type, and, under 64-bit capable, whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)
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19 Oct 2009   #18
AMOCO

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes you can run Windows 7 x64 on this Motherboard(ORY007).My wife has a Dell Inspiron 530 with that Motherboard in it.We have Windows 7 Ultimate x64{RTM,Build:7600} and it runs it just fine.Also as for as the Chipset Driver,Load the Vista x64 Drivers(from Dell).We don't use the onboard Graphics,I've got a HIS Radeon X1650 Pro in it for her.Nothing big,But if u do put a Graphics Card in it like her's or higher.Replace the PSU,The stock PSU is only 200W-250W(It's a piece of crap).
I put one of these in it::http://apevia.com/ProductsInfo.asp?KEY=ATX-AS500W-BK
Had it laying around the house.Hope I helped you.
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