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- My Machine 64-bit?
March 31, 2011, 9:04 am
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Re: My Machine 64-bit?
This is my processor. It's 64 bit.
And if I had an AMD, I'd check their site.
Operating Mode 32 Bit Yes
Operating Mode 64 Bit Yes
A 64 bit processor, has both 64 bit instructions and 32 bit instructions.
You can install either a 32 bit OS or a 64 bit OS. If your computer
had 4GB or more of installed RAM, that might be an incentive to try
64 bit. You can still run 32 bit applications. What won't work with
the 64 bit OS, is they've discontinued support for 16 bit software
(so some ancient stuff you might have had on an older computer, might
not work, or might have install problems).
Microsoft has things like an "Upgrade Advisor".
Some of the software of that type, requires the installation of .NET
software. When you download or run the tool, it'll probably tell
you what other stuff it needs. I seem to remember, the last couple
of times I wanted to use stuff like that, I didn't meet the
prerequisites to run it (needed yet more software).
They also will likely have an OS pre-requisite. If you were running
Windows 3.1, for example, you wouldn't be allowed to use the Advisor.
The Advisor is for "hip people" running WinXP or the like. /sarcasm/
In reality, there is no excuse for any of that. It should be possible
to take an inventory of a computer, without a need for a "Hipness factor".
Even people running Windows 98, deserve to be able to test their
computers. If your computer is pathetic, the software should be
able to tell you, rather than you being rejected because you
aren't "hip" and "with it". For example, there might be a suggested
minimum clock speed of 1GHz on hardware.
My Windows 7 laptop has a single core processor, and surprisingly,
Windows 7 runs on it sorta OK. But what happens is, as soon as there
is a bit of bloat running on the machine (my webcam software, running
in the background, no webcam connected), even something like that,
degrades performance. And that's when a "few extra cores" would have
come in handy, something the laptop is missing.
Re: My Machine 64-bit?
The easiest answer is to check with whoever sold you the system. The
more complicated answer is to check each component in the system for
64-bit compatibility and drivers.
In practice nearly all CPUs sold in the last few years are 64-bit
compatible, so it's usually just a matter of motherboard support, and
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