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Is my CPU a 34bit or a 32bit?

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November 28, 2012 3:50:42 PM

Ok i have a Intel Core 2 Duo e6750 @32bit,but when i read around it supposed to run on a 64bit architecture,and it uses x86-64bit instruction set,Lets say i wanted to run Windows XP its says i ned to install APIC i believe,would a bios update make it a 64bit?

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November 28, 2012 4:00:18 PM

There are three things that need to all be present for the full effects of a 64-bit platform to be realized:

1: A 64-bit CPU (which you have)
2: A 64-bit OS (which XP is not)
3: A 64-bit program

You can get away with just #1 & #2, though it's not necessarily a given that an OS will have 32-bit backwards compatibility. It's something companies choose to add in.

So if you wanted to upgrade to Vista or later, there are officially supported 64-bit versions of Windows. While there was a 64-bit version of XP, it should be avoided. Driver support was always poor at best, and Microsoft ceased all support for it several years ago. Support for it's 32-bit sibling is drawing rapidly to a close, and so the wise person would consider XP a non-option for running on any computer that will be connected to the Internet.
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November 28, 2012 4:15:46 PM

ok thank you for your answer i have another question right now this CPU is running on 32bit is it safe to upgrade to 64bit?
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November 28, 2012 5:01:38 PM

Yes it is safe to upgrade to 32 or 64 bit.
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November 28, 2012 6:52:52 PM

when im installing windows 7 it showing me that its not capable with this version of windows, right now im on Win7 32bit do i have to do a fresh reinstall for 64bit windows?
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November 28, 2012 8:43:59 PM

BlazerX said:
when im installing windows 7 it showing me that its not capable with this version of windows, right now im on Win7 32bit do i have to do a fresh reinstall for 64bit windows?


Yes. There is no way to do go from a 32-bit to 64-bit OS, or the other way around, short of doing a clean install.
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