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Upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Clara, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Clara

    Clara Private E-2

    Hey guys, sorry for making another board on upgrading, I did have a look at existing ones and still felt a tad confused and like I needed some help towards my computers exact specs. The nitty-gritty technical side of computers really confuses me and I'm sure I'll mess up somewhere.

    I've been running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit on my HP desktop for about 2 years now (it came with it) and I'm now wanting to upgrade to 7 and get some more RAM in. I can upgrade my RAM to a max of 4gig and have a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate from my dad that I can go ahead and install. I would really like to upgrade beyond 4gig of RAM but understand this requires 64-bit? After digging around for a little I came across CPU-Z and used that to get more details on what my computer can handle:

    According to the article I found out about CPU-Z on, 'the EM64T' part in 'Instructions' means my system can handle 64-bit? Does this mean I only need to upgrade my CPU? If so, how can I be sure to get a CPU that is compatible with the rest of my system? Is there any other measures I should take to be able to do such an upgrade?

  2. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

    You have a 64 bit processor already. As far as RAM, that will depend on the maximum RAM your motherboard will handle.
    If this is the maximum it will physically handle, a 64 bit OS will not change that. If you posted the model number of your PC, it would answer that question. definitively.
  3. Clara

    Clara Private E-2

    Ah I see, thanks for the response and for explaining that to me :D I must of misunderstood something somewhere along the lines.

    My computer is an HP pavilion slimline s5102uk
  4. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

    You are limited to 4GB of RAM. With a 32 bit OS you can access only 3.5GB, so an upgrade to a 64 bit OS will net you half a GB more of usable RAM.
  5. Clara

    Clara Private E-2

    Alright, that's still better than nothing so that is good information to hear :D
    So I will do fine with upgrading from Vista 32-bit to 7 64-bit? I know 7 doesn't demand as much RAM use as Vista too so I'd benefit again there by upgrading to both 7 and 64-bit? I'm not sure on the advantages of having 64-bit over 32.
  6. Just Playin

    Just Playin MajorGeek

    There are advantages but none so overwhelming that you will notice a drastic improvement. I wouldn't have advised you to go out and buy 7 if Vista worked good so far but since you have it already, there is no reason you shouldn't upgrade if you wish.
  7. pwillener

    pwillener MajorGeek

  8. Clara

    Clara Private E-2

    Yeah Vista has actually been working fine for me but I've been debating on upgrading to 7, I needed a bit more information first though since many things confused me.

    Thanks guys! And thanks pwillener for the link, I will check that out :)

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