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64 bit OS windows 8 pro running everything in 32bit?

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September 15, 2013 8:57:51 PM

Hey there! My windows 8 pro is running everything in 32 bit! It doesnt seem too different. Everything runs fine. But even my program files is titled "program filesx86" I just want to know if this is a normal thing. I was an avid windows 7 user, and I don't know windows 8 at all
a b $ Windows 7
September 15, 2013 9:00:10 PM

It's normal. Nothing to worry about.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
September 15, 2013 9:07:15 PM

64-bit Windows has two "Program Files" folders. One has the "x86" at the end. So you definitely have 64-bit Windows.

You can also go into Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL). Under "Performance->Memory" it will show a graph of your System Memory (the DDR3 sticks) and how much is currently being used.

(BTW, Microsoft frequently uses the term "x86" to mean "32-bit" when it means nothing of the sort. "x86" is the general architecture just like Apple used to have "PowerPC" CPU's. It's really "x86-32" and "x86-64" not x86 and x64.

It started when x86 CPU's were 32-bit only so the term was interchangeable, but it's annoying that Microsoft even uses it incorrectly.)
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
September 15, 2013 9:19:01 PM

There is a 32 bit win-8.

Try >>search>>(type)system info>>open will display your stats.
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September 15, 2013 9:39:27 PM

It's up to the program you install whether or not it will run in 32 or 64 bit mode. Most programs are done in 32 bit, prolly cuz all versions of windows will run 32 bit code.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
September 17, 2013 6:45:02 PM

ur6beersaway said:
There is a 32 bit win-8.

Try >>search>>(type)system info>>open will display your stats.


Not needed.
If he has the "x86" version of Program Files it is 64-bit Windows.

*To be clear, you have 64-bit Windows. All is good. Most programs are 32-bit still but you can install either 32-bit or 64-bit.

Your ONLY concern is to install the proper 64-bit drivers for any hardware such as your video card.
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