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    32bit vs 64bit

    Can anyone please tell me what I would have to do to make my computer able to accept 64bit software such as Windows 8 OS?

    I'm currently running Windows XP and wish to soon upgrade.
    Should I upgrade to Windows 7 now or wait for Windows 8?

    What are the advantages of 64bit?

    All help much appreciated

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    To run 64-bit, you need a motherboard and a CPU that supports 64-bit. You should be able to find out from a simple search on Google. Also, it would be good if you had atleast 4GB or more, although it is not necessary. 32-bit can only recognise 3GB of RAM so 64-bit is for people with 4GB or more.

    64-bit is better because it handles large amounts of memory better and more efficiently than 32-bit, meaning, programs that use alot of memory, run faster.

    As for Windows 8... I have never used it, but I do not think it will be anything special, and I will be sticking with 7. But maybe someone who has used both can tell you which

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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    To run 64-bit, you need a motherboard and a CPU that supports 64-bit. You should be able to find out from a simple search on Google. Also, it would be good if you had atleast 4GB or more, although it is not necessary. 32-bit can only recognise 3GB of RAM so 64-bit is for people with 4GB or more.

    64-bit is better because it handles large amounts of memory better and more efficiently than 32-bit, meaning, programs that use alot of memory, run faster.

    As for Windows 8... I have never used it, but I do not think it will be anything special, and I will be sticking with 7. But maybe someone who has used both can tell you which
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    My CPU is an AMD Athlon (tm) 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 5000+

    I presume the 64 means that is it 64 bit compatible but do you know how to confirm this please?

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    Yes your CPU is 64-bit: http://products.amd.com/en-gb/Deskto...f10=&f11=&f12=

    What about your motherboard though?

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    Windows 8 (preview) is availble in 32bit as well,

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by melloorr View Post
    Yes your CPU is 64-bit: http://products.amd.com/en-gb/Deskto...f10=&f11=&f12=

    What about your motherboard though?
    If the motherboard supports 64-bit CPUs, it would be pretty strange that it wouldn't work in 64-bit mode.

    If you are wanting to upgrade soon, you might as well just upgrade to Windows 7 instead of waiting for Windows 8. The biggest advantage to using a 64-bit OS is that you can have utilize more than 4GB of RAM, for example I have 16GB in my computer now. On 32-bit 4GB is the maximum with the usable memory typically closer to 3GB.
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    Thank you everyone for your replies I have click the thank you button for you all.

    You have all be most helpful


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