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Change Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit

December 26, 2010 at 18:09:47
Specs: Windows 7, 4gb

i have a 32 bit os and i want to change it to a 64 bit os i have win 7 i have two 2 gb ram
in my laptop so 4 gbs all together

how do i do it?


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#1
December 26, 2010 at 20:12:34

"i have two 2 gb ram in my laptop so 4 gbs all together" So how does that work? where's the other 2?
Unless your planning on putting more in, it's not worth the trouble. Out of 4GB you end up with about 3.25GB and you won't notice the missing 0.75GB
To install a 64 bit OS you will need to do a clean install, you can not do an inplace upgrade from a 32 bit to a 64 bit system.
That means you need to backup all your data, boot in with the 64 bit disk start the instalation. Then get all your Windows updates.
After that you will need to reinstall all your programs and transfer the data back.

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#2
December 26, 2010 at 20:20:37

There is no reason to change it. 4gig is still not enough to cover the lost ram used by the 64bit system. Add to that the loss of any 16bit apps and you have to get drivers for the entire system and may have to reload apps as above.

Laptops with 64 bit may be a good choice if it is like a core i7 with 9Gig ram.

64 bit is not faster, uses more ram and hard drive, and generally older devices are not supported well.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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