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32bit XP on 64bit processor?

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Last response: in Windows XP
November 24, 2006 5:06:25 AM

Hello all! I'm thinking about building my first DIY system this winter, so I'm currently doing my homework to get my money's worth. I'll probably get an E6300, or a processor similar to that one, and try to get a budget gaming rig to replace my current eMachines.

Anyway, I bought a regular (non-64bit) copy of XP last summer to do some reinstalls, and I'm wondering if this is compatible with the new 64bit processors. I would love to just use this at least for awhile in the new system because I'm currently out of work (college student :p ) and trying to keep costs down.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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November 24, 2006 4:06:40 PM

yes you can install 32bit o/s on 64bit hardware, the hardware is backwards compatable to 32bit
November 25, 2006 1:52:33 AM

I suspected this was the case, but I didn't want to go with my own uneducated guess only to find out I built a computer that I couldn't run until I got another OS. Much thanks, Tony. :wink: