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Install 64 bit os on 32 bit hardware?

Last response: in Windows 7
September 4, 2010 2:20:31 AM

I have a spare Windows 7 64 bit upgrade lying around, but it is 64 bit, and the only machines I have yet to upgrade are 32 bit. Is it possible to install a 64 bit os on 32 bit hardware?

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
September 4, 2010 2:46:49 AM

If the CPU doesn't support the 64-bit instruction set then you won't be able to install the 64-bit version of Windows.

This Wikipedia page describes the 64-bit instruction set architecture and lists the CPU families that support it.
September 4, 2010 3:10:46 AM

Best answer selected by eaw2539.
September 4, 2010 3:11:13 AM

Alright, thanks.