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Windows 7: What's the difference: 32bit vs. 64bit?

29 Mar 2010   #11
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

If you don't have a 64-bit processor, there's 100% no way to get any 64-bit OS running. You'll need to install Windows 7 32-bit.

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29 Mar 2010   #12


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jacky45 View Post
that y i want install the 64 bit of windows 7,
but sadly...
mine is Dell Inspiron 1420. this model of dell cant support 64bit.
i search all around the forum and google it.
but i still cannot install.It keep asking me the load driver b4 can go in installing progress... sad....
i try the vista x64 matrix storage driver. it still cannot pass the load driver step....
Since your CPU is 64-bit capable, you are able to install Windows 7 x64.

I found this little guide on CNET, try to follow it (it's even for the same laptop as yours)

My holiday upgrades have started and I upgraded a Dell Inspiron 1420 today, it was a good experience, however there were some very important drivers missing in the out of the box process that were easy enough to fix so I wanted to share the details for those who might not find this so obvious because you have a machine that works GREAT with Windows 7!  First, verify what sound device and video device you have before you start this process Ė it will provide some confidence in the steps here. The Dell Inspiron 1420 Iím referring to had a SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio processor and a NVidia GeForce 8400GS Graphics processor. Windows 7 doesnít seem to know this hardware is part of the machine and so the drivers are completely missing, instead there is generic audio driver (enables the headphone jacks, but not the built-in speakers) and a generic VGA graphics adapter driver provided (that provides full resolution but no Aero support).  I wanted to capture the basic experience for others to learn about.
Installing Windows 7 64-bit on a Dell Inspiron 1420 Notebook - CNET Windows 7 Forums
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29 Mar 2010   #13
The Blessed One


Almost all PC's and Laptops are now sold in the UK with 64-bit OS's. Most of the time it's Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium. So as you can tell, 64-bit has become mainstream here which is about time.

I still run 32-bit though because I use an essential software which is probably the only one which doesn't fully support 64-bit: Sandboxie. However, I've had enough and will install the 64-bit when Service Pack 1 is released for Windows 7!
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