can I upgrade fro X86-PC to 64 Bit?

July 20, 2014 at 08:58:01
Specs: Windows 7, Intel(R) Xeon (R) CPU X5570 @ 2.93 GHz (2 processors) 24GB Ram
I have an X86-based-PC which is a 32 bit machine. It is a quite high spec in that it is an Optiplex 960 Quad core with max ram 32 bit system of 4GB .
Before I dump it is there any possible way to upgrade it to a 64 bt machine but I doubt it from all reports
Let me know
many thanks
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#1
July 20, 2014 at 09:21:15
What CPU do you have in it? I just found the white paper for the fourth gen Optiplex 960, so we're going to need more than just a model number of the system.

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#2
July 20, 2014 at 10:22:24
Hi,
The processor details are as follows:
x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 GenuineIntel 2992 Mhz
BIOS version/Date Dell Inc. A05, 31/07/2009 Version 2.5
Thanks in advance
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#3
July 20, 2014 at 10:35:05
This should shed a little light on the subject:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

But basically, if you only have a 32 Bit processor, then you cannot run a 64 Bit OS.

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#4
July 20, 2014 at 11:49:42
I saw that same link and came to the same conclusion as you.
Just was wondering if that was final :) I suppose it is.

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#5
July 20, 2014 at 12:31:04
That's a Core 2 Duo. You can install and run a 64-bit OS.

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#6
July 20, 2014 at 13:58:36
Razor 2.3
For some reason I have believed all along it was a quad core. At least now there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
So, assuming you are correct and it is a Core 2 Duo how can I get the system to recognise my Windows 7 64 bit CD ?
When I click on the dvd drive to access the W7 CD I get the message: D:\ is not a valid Win32 Application
How can I get around this?
Thanks
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#7
July 20, 2014 at 16:06:31
Try booting off of the DVD.

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#8
July 20, 2014 at 17:19:22
I have tried booting off the DVD but only get a black screen with no flashing cursor or active mouse.
I also read the below link which states if my computer system type shows it being an x86 based machine, which mine does,then it will only be a 32 bit machine.

http://java.about.com/od/programmin...


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#9
July 20, 2014 at 17:26:55
1) Sounds like you have a busted DVD.
2) That link is to check if your OS is 32-bit or 64-bit. You already know it's 32-bit, so that does you no good.

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#10
July 20, 2014 at 17:40:03
1) The DVD is fine as it works okay on the other computer, I used it today.
2) The link is to check if your computer is 32 bit or 64 bit.
here is the heading
How To Determine if Your Computer Is 32-Bit or 64-Bit

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#11
July 20, 2014 at 18:25:20
Dellian: 1) The DVD is fine as it works okay on the other computer, I used it today.
Were you able to successfully boot off of it from the other computer? Will the computer in question read other DVDs?

Dellian: 2) The link is to check if your computer is 32 bit or 64 bit.
here is the heading
How To Determine if Your Computer Is 32-Bit or 64-Bit

Bad choice of terminology on the author's part. He's equating "Computer" to "OS." He's a Java programmer, so you can't expect much more. Of course you're confusing "Computer" with "CPU," but you get a pass because you could claim by "Computer," you're including the chipset/BIOS.

Look, you don't have to take my word for it. Intel says it's a 64-bit chip, and I know they're correct because I'm running Win7 x64 on a Core 2 Duo.

One of two things is happening here. Either you were lying about the CPU, or you want to be convinced it's not 64-bit. I'm not sure why you'd lie about the CPU, so I'm going with the latter. In which case, I understand. You want a new computer, but you can't justify the purchase unless you can prove it's "worthless" by not addressing 2TB of RAM. Just go for it and get a new one; it's obviously what you want, and you can still use the old one. Just load a bunch of hard drives in it, load one of the free NAS OSes on it, and you have yourself a file server at the cost of a few hard drives.

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#12
July 20, 2014 at 23:08:41
RAZOR....."One of two things is happening here. Either you were lying about the CPU, or you want to be convinced it's not 64-bit. I'm not sure why you'd lie about the CPU, so I'm going with the latter. In which case, I understand. You want a new computer, but you can't justify the purchase unless you can prove it's "worthless" by not addressing 2TB of RAM. Just go for it and get a new one; it's obviously what you want, and you can still use the old one. Just load a bunch of hard drives in it, load one of the free NAS OSes on it, and you have yourself a file server at the cost of a few hard drives"

If you'd read my original posting correctly you would have noticed the word "dump" and not "replace" as you wrongfully assumed. I have adequate computers for my needs including a Dell T7500 .workstation with 32GB ram. I was only intending to keep it mostly as a spare. I also have a Lenovo and two laptops. Furthermore I have no reason to lie about my CPU as you suggested.
The Windows 7 disk WILL boot up on other computers period. There is nothing wrong with the disk.


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#13
July 21, 2014 at 06:59:14
Okay. I have no idea why you have such an emotional involvement with this workstation and the size of its CPU registers.

I continue to question the current health of the DVD and DVD-ROM.

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#14
July 21, 2014 at 08:15:49
I'm befuddled by your perception of "emotional involvement" in relationship to the workstation I mentioned in passing.
Anyway that aside, back to the computer in question:
You have stated it is already a 64bit machine which I have since confirmed by entering in the service tag number and all was revealed.
Currently I have a 32 bit XP OS installed.
This XP DVD can be accessed via boot mode hence the DVD-ROM is working okay.
As regards the Windows 7 DVD it can be accessed via the boot mode by two other computers with Windows 7 installed. Hence confirming there is nothing wrong with the DVD.
It would seem the Windows 7 is not being recognised by the computer. Perhaps there are other issues or steps to be taken to install W7 on this machine.
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#15
July 22, 2014 at 09:56:33
Hi,

All is okay now, I installed Windows XP 64 bit Then I installed Windows 7 64 bit... The OS obviously needed upgrading to XP 64 first.

The Windows 7 64 bit disc is original and came with another Dell computer I purchased.

All good now.

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