I know this is probably a stupid question but here it goes:
I just finished a new budget gaming build. It's a 64 bit build. I am at the stage to install the operating system. I only have access to a 32 bit windows vista install disk (ran out of money for the time being). Can I install a 32 bit vista on a machine designed for 64 bit?
So if I install a 32 bit vista right now.... than do a clean install 64 bit 7 later I should be alright? I only have 4 gigs a ram right now anyway. Will my video card be affected by this? VGA SAPPHIRE 100283-2L HD5770 1G RT
I planned on buying a windows 7 disk but had some unexpected bills.
(a) yes, if you later do a clean format and install Win 7 64bit, you'll be fine. you'll be able to utilize all of your RAM at that point. until then, on a 32 bit system, you are limited to approx 3.5GB of ram.
(b)Your graphics card won't be affected by this. However, i think the limitation of 3.5GB system memory in a 32 bit architecture includes your graphics memory. So, in a situation where your system is utilizing, say 500MB of your video ram, that only leaves you to use 3gb of your RAM.
I have not read anything other than RAM and software being handicapped by a 32 bit operating system. A 32 bit installation will not effect a future 64 bit installation. You will just be able to use things that you couldn't use with a 32 bit OS.
yes....I actually already bought windows 7 for my laptop. Unfortunately, they will only let you purchse one liscense at that discount. I plan on asking a friend from class to use his email. Until than, I'm not very patient and want to get this computer working for WOW.