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Thread: Is it 32bit or 64bit?




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    Default Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    I read in another post this:
    Type msinfo64 or msinfo32 in your run box. The one that works is the one that you have.
    When I right click on my computer and view properties it tells me that the system is a 64bit system. But when I follow the above quote only "msinfo32" works. So what does that mean? Is my PC defaulting to 32bit or something or is the above quote wrong? I have been having a real headache finding 64bit software so I think it is 64 bit? Also when I view processes in task manager it lists the processes that are 32bit by putting a '32' next to the process. Another question I have is that I use the 64bit ie. But when I view the processes it shows an iexplore (32) and a iexplore which I assume is 64bit? Why is there both a 32bit and 64bit version working? So I guess the point of my questions is: When the OS is using both 32bit and 64bit software does the whole system default to 32? Or does the processes run independent and some of them operate in 64 and some in 32? THanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    Nearly all modern processors can run 64-bit software but are quite happy at running 32-bit software and you have a 32-bit version of Windows installed and not a 64-bit one.

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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44 View Post
    Nearly all modern processors can run 64-bit software but are quite happy at running 32-bit software and you have a 32-bit version of Windows installed and not a 64-bit one.
    If that is true why does the system properties say that it is 64bit OS and why does it require all 64bit drivers? Why does it distinguish the difference between 32bit and 64bit processes (my 32bit vista did not do that?) And if it is not 64bit how in gods name do I make it 64bit? ... I installed Vista 64. I previously had a 32bit version of vista and just recently upgraded to Vista Ultimate 64. The two OS's behave very differently. Computer specs: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor GIGABYTE GA-P35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard Patriot Viper 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G8500ELK - Retail XFX PVT88PYDD4 GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    I've every only done clean installs of Vista 32-bit or 64-bit so maybe your prob has to do with the upgrade path.

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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44 View Post
    I've every only done clean installs of Vista 32-bit or 64-bit so maybe your prob has to do with the upgrade path.
    Since I was installing a 64bit version of vista it did not allow me to upgrade. I had to do a clean install.

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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    Well, I am 110% positive I am running Vista 64-bit and that msinfo32/64 stuff doesn't tell you exactly what you are running. The msinfo32 works for me. I know for certain I am running 64-bit since I used a dedicated 64-bit install disk, and I can see my full 4GB of memory when I type "winver" into the search box. Whoever said that is wrong.
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    Default Re: Is it 32bit or 64bit?

    Quote Originally Posted by casecutter View Post
    Well, I am 110% positive I am running Vista 64-bit and that msinfo32/64 stuff doesn't tell you exactly what you are running. The msinfo32 works for me. I know for certain I am running 64-bit since I used a dedicated 64-bit install disk, and I can see my full 4GB of memory when I type "winver" into the search box. Whoever said that is wrong.
    Thanks 'winver' shows my 4gb too.

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