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Windows 7: Is My Computer 64 bit Compatible ?

24 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
Is My Computer 64 bit Compatible ?

Hi guys,
I would like to know if my computer is 64 bit compatible. I have done my side of the research on the internet but i am getting mixed results. Here is what i have seen.

When i check out the performance maintenance, it says " Yes " under 64-bit capable.

But when i checked out the registry it showed differently,

And in addition to that , i also checked msinfo32.exe and the result was this ,

All this has made it very confusing, i do not know if my system is capable to run windows 7 64 bit or not.

So just to be sure if my processor supported the feature , i googled "intel i3-530" and intels website said my processor is 64 bit compatible. If this is the case then why are the registry and msinfo32.exe showing differently ?

Thanks in advance.

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24 Jul 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Hello NeonSeven. Welcome to the forum.

You have the 32bit version of W7 installed, so your registry will contain the 32 bit entries. If you install the 64bit version those will change.

To know for sure, go here, get this, and run it!
Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Official Microsoft Download Center
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24 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit

Thanks TVeblen , That has cleared my doubts :)
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24 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

When running a 32 bit OS an x64 CPU is identified as x86 because in a very real sense that is what it is. Such a CPU can run in 2 modes, the native 64 bit mode or 32 bit legacy mode. The latter is necessary to run a 32 bit OS. A 64 bit CPU running in it's native mode is an alien CPU that cannot be used by a 32 bit OS or applications. Only when the CPU is running a 64 bit OS is it's true identity revealed. When running a 32 bit OS special techniques are necessary to determine if the CPU is 64 bit capable. That is what the system dialog is using.
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24 Jul 2013   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

The only component responsible of 32 or 64-bit limitation is the processor. If you google the processor's name and get to the manufacturer's specsheet, here is the one for your processor, you will see if it is 64-bit capable. Yours is 64-bit.
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