Solved can you switch hp pavilion dv6 laptops from 32-bit to 64-bit

August 31, 2012 at 23:33:25
Specs: Windows 7
i have a pavilion dv6 2111TcX running windows 7 home premium 32-bit platform. can it be switched to 64-bit platform in recovery mode or do i need to buy 64-bit software?

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#1
September 1, 2012 at 03:35:48
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You need to buy a 64-bit version of Windows if you want to run any 64-bit applications on it. However, 64-bit Windows can only be installed on a computer which has a 64-bit capable processor, so you need to check that first:

Control Panel > Performance Information & Tools

Click "View and print detailed performance and system information"

In the "System" section, where it says "64-bit capable", it will say "Yes" or "No"

If it says "Yes", you then need to make sure that HP has got 64-bit Windows 7 drivers for your model. If they have, you can buy & install Windows 7 64-bit.


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#2
September 1, 2012 at 05:34:05
Also note that to install 64bit when you have 32bit, you need to do a clean install which involves using the install disk to delete the existing partitions including everything on the drive (Custom>Partition/Format) and create a new partition to install on and formatting it.
You also should note that you should not bother doing this unless you have 4GB or more of memory installed or you will be slowing your system down since 64bit uses more memory just for the operating system.
I recommend this only if you really have the need to be using 64bit or more than 4GB of installed memory for your programs. One advantage of doing this will be that you will not have all of the bloatware that was shipped with your system anymore, but you will also not have any of the HP tool sets that were there also (though you are probably better off without them). Since this i a laptop, make sure that you choose the laptop power options during the install or you will find that you have much shorter battery life.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
September 1, 2012 at 10:40:17
What do you hope to gain by this change of OS? It would cost more than it is worth. Very few people have disks that have both 32 and 64 bit so I doubt you got them with the system.

If for some reason you really need 64 bit, you should just buy a new laptop. Sell your old one or give it to a charity.


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#4
September 1, 2012 at 16:08:23
ian, if you want to run Windows 7 64 bit because you think it will be faster you are mistaken. The most common reason to run 64 versions of Windows are to support more than 4GB of RAM (memory).

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