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64 bit OS in a 32 bit hardware

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August 9, 2010 7:16:33 PM

can I install a 64 bit OS on a 32 bit hardware platform?

thanks.
Ken

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August 9, 2010 7:21:56 PM

no the x64 OS will not be able to install itself onto the x32 hardware due to lack of resources
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August 9, 2010 7:26:30 PM

that's what I kinda figure.. thanks.
But someone mentioned that all new cpu's support an extended i64 instruction set. Not sure what that means, so any clarification on that statement would be apprecidated.

-Ken
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August 9, 2010 7:27:57 PM

what processor do you have?
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August 9, 2010 7:50:11 PM

Yah - It's been years and years since processors have been 32 bit only. So you'd have to have a very old machine to run into this issue. And I would opine that - if you did have something that old - you'd have issues running any modern OS, regardless.
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August 9, 2010 7:55:23 PM

sorryi, realized I have two posts.. going to close this one.

thanks to all that resonded on this post.
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