can i run a 64 bit xp operating system

Dell Optiplex gx280 desktop
March 10, 2010 at 16:47:50
Specs: Windows XP pro 32 bit
i bought a 64 bit operating system and i want to know if i have to upgrade anything and how bout my drivers do they need updating or are they for 32 bit system?

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March 10, 2010 at 17:02:00
You will need a 64-bit CPU & yes, you will need 64-bit drivers. XP x64 was not a good choice & unless you're running a huge amount of RAM (4GB or more), it's pointless to upgrade from XP x32.

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March 10, 2010 at 17:13:02
i think my cpu is 64bit and can i get drivers from dell support for 64bit system?

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March 10, 2010 at 17:19:24
I would not recommend it. XP 64bit does require different drivers and many hardware mfg. did not support this completely. Dell lists XP as a supported OS, but does not specify 64bit. Also XP 64bit did not support 32bit programs that well. I would recommend staying with 32bit until you replace your system completely, then go to windows 7 64bit., you will probably have less trouble. I have not heard that much good about that version and very little advantage for most users. Even with 7 64bit, most programs I use are actually 32bit ones so far (a few years from now, it will be different though).

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March 11, 2010 at 05:36:40
"i think my cpu is 64bit"

You can't think it is, you have to KNOW it is, otherwise you're wasting your time. If you have a P4, it's not 64-bit.

And I agree with Fingers...XP 64-bit should be avoided. It was never a popular OS & never was well supported in terms of drivers or software.

Why do you want to go with a 64-bit OS anyway?

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