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Changing cpu from 64bit to 32bit

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February 21, 2012 7:58:00 PM

Most of my software works with 32 bit. Now that I have a 64bit cpu, I can hardly do anything with my computer.
Can I have it physically changed or must I sell it and buy a 32 bit one?
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February 21, 2012 8:14:59 PM

Hi

For many years almost all CPU's from Intel & AMD are 64bit capable

you can run both 64bit & 32bit versions of Windows on a 64bit CPU

Is your Windows Software 32bit or 64bit ?
The only significant disadvantage for 64bit versions of Windows Vista & 7 is lack of device drivers for old hardware such as multifunction devices, printers, scanners etc.

Have you upgraded from XP to 7 recently ?
Microsoft gives a free version of MS Virtual Machine 2007 which allows you to install Windows XP (for Home versions and Win XP upwards)
With Win 7 Pro, Ultimate & Enterprise you can download a free Virtual Machine + virtual disk containing a licensed copy of XP SP3

which maybe useful if you have old programs which do not work under Vista & 7

regards

Mike Barnes
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February 21, 2012 8:22:49 PM

What is your OS? Almost all the processors for the past 5 years have supported 64bit memory extensions. The processor does really care if you are running a 32bit or a 64bit application as long as the OS supports it. Most likely the way to fix your problem is to use an OS like Windows 7 64bit Pro which will have a build in emulator for XP that will allow you to run your application in that environment.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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February 21, 2012 8:27:08 PM

you are doing something wrong. Your software will work fine on a 64 bit cpu.
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February 21, 2012 8:32:31 PM

let us know what problems you are having.
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February 21, 2012 9:28:21 PM

JTP1 said:
Most of my software works with 32 bit. Now that I have a 64bit cpu, I can hardly do anything with my computer.
Can I have it physically changed or must I sell it and buy a 32 bit one?


You cannot "physically change" a 64-bit CPU into a 32-bit CPU.... well actually you can attempt to but it is almost a guarantee that you will damage the CPU. The chances of you dying within the next 100 seconds is higher than your chances of doing a successful homemade hack surgery on a CPU.

Exactly what is your problem?
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February 21, 2012 10:03:00 PM

JTP1 said:
Most of my software works with 32 bit. Now that I have a 64bit cpu, I can hardly do anything with my computer.
Can I have it physically changed or must I sell it and buy a 32 bit one?



What? You are going to have to elaborate a little my friend, what you are saying makes no sense at all.
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