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Hello My 1ST time on this Website so this is My 1ST Question here goes.

I have a Desktop PC Windows Vista Home Basic Edition .32 bit. operating System My Motherboard manufacturer is .Foxconn. and the Model is .45GM/45CM. the CPU processor is an .Intel Celeron 420. the Big question Now is how do I go about Upgrading to a 64 bit operating system I know I can I have checked and it says 64-bit capable YES and from what I know 64 bit operating systems run faster better smoother so thats Why I want to change but I don't know how meaning how do I going about doing this change from 32 bit to 64 bit PLEASE Help Me out.


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  1. There is no real advantage to go to a 64bit OS unless you have more than 4gb of RAM.

    also doing a change from 32bit to 64bit requires you to backup you data and completly white and reinstall windows and all of your programs.

    you will also need to purchase a 64bit version of windows.

    it can be a quite an ordeal and not worth it unless you are seriously holding your system back.

    being that you have vista, and a celeron i would not bother.

    but if ur wanting to go to windows 7 then for sure get the 64bit one
  2. ^Agreed. Moving to Windows 7 64bit will benefit you in some ways, but you will have to buy it first AND do a complete re-installation.
  3. "The main differences between the 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista relate to memory accessibility, memory management, and enhanced security features. The security features that are available in the 64-bit versions of Windows Vista include the following:

    Kernel Patch Protection
    Support for hardware-backed Data Execution Protection (DEP)
    Mandatory driver signing
    Removal of support for 32-bit drivers
    Removal of the 16-bit subsystem

    One of the greatest advantages of using a 64-bit version of Windows Vista is the ability to access physical memory (RAM) that is above the 4-gigabyte (GB) range. This physical memory is not addressable by 32-bit versions of Windows Vista. "

    There is a key guideline in the IT world: if it isn't broken, don't fix it! If you are not having any issues, then there is no need to change your system. Above are the differences (as per microsoft) from 32 to 64-bit. Given your setup in particular, its just not worth it. I believe that is a single core processor that was released on the first core architecture. It will be worth looking at for your next computer, but just for the sake of having 64-bit, you are not going to notice a difference.


    Link for the site i quoted - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946765
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