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#1 kitkin15

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 07:35 PM

ok i have windows vista right now, and i want windows7. my laptop is a 32 bit, so do i NEED to get windows7 in 32bit? or can i get 64?

thanks for any and all help, i dont really understand much about "bit's" but i hope to learn soon =)
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 08:03 PM

Go to Help and support, type 64 bit in the seach box, look for

Click to open Performance Information and Tools.

Do one of the following:

In Windows 7, click View and print detailed performance and system information.

In Windows Vista, click View and print details.

In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type, and whether or not you can run a 64-bit version of Windows under 64-bit capable. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)

From MS;

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.


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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:46 PM

my laptop is a 32 bit, so do i NEED to get windows7 in 32bit? or can i get 64?

If your processor supports 64-bit, you can get either Windows 7 version.
If you want to go with Windows 7 32-bit, you can upgrade from Vista.
If you want to go with Windows 7 64-bit, you'll have to perform clean install.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:49 PM

ok i have windows vista right now, and i want windows7. my laptop is a 32 bit, so do i NEED to get windows7 in 32bit? or can i get 64?

thanks for any and all help, i dont really understand much about "bit's" but i hope to learn soon =)



When you buy a retail or Genuine copy of Windows 7, there are both 32 bit and 64 bit installation DVD disks included in the box.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:00 PM

mrbruce. thank you for that, that was one thing i forgot to ask.

and if my laptop IS 64 bit compatable, can i run programs that are for a 64 bit computer? even if i have a 32 bit?

and i dont understand the instructions above, on how to see if i can run 64 bit. id like to know this as a just incase
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:01 PM

oh, and if i want the 32 bit, do i have to compleatly erase everything? i think broni said no, but i want to make sure. if i have to reinstall everything than id rather go for whatever is better (out of the two different bits)
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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:11 PM

can i run programs that are for a 64 bit computer? even if i have a 32 bit?

No, but you can run 32-bit programs on 64-bit Windows version.

if i want the 32 bit, do i have to compleatly erase everything?

No, you can upgrade from 32-bit Vista to 32-bit Windows 7.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 11:15 PM

To determine, if your processor is 64-bit compatible, download and run CPU-Z: http://download.cnet.com/CPU-Z/3000-2086_4-10050423.html
If it says "x86-64" in the area indicated below, your processor is 64-bit compatible:

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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:57 PM

thanks broni =)
i tried it and found out i can only run 32 bit =( but thats ok, at least now i know lol

thanks everyone =)
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 12:59 PM

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