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Installing 32 Bit Version Of XP on a 64 Bit CPU

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#1 Mike19865586


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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:23 PM

Right now I have a 64 Bit CPU (T4400) running a 64 Bit version of Windows 7. What I would like to do is to dual boot with a 32 Bit version of Windows XP.

From what I understand, it is possible, but I do have few questions:

-When installing drivers for my computer hardware, will I need to install 64 Bit drivers or 32 Bit? I'm not even sure if my Dell resource disks come with 32 Bit drivers.

-Will I see a decrease in performance when running a 32 Bit OS on a 64 Bit CPU?

-Can someone please explain what the advantage of using a 64 Bit OS, CPU, Etc, over using 32 Bits?


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:10 PM

A good source of such info, 32-bit and 64-bit Windows frequently asked questions - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...asked-questions.

Some Google Links on Subject.

IMO...the major advantage to all users of using a 64-bit O/S...lies in the use of RAM. For the average user, the 4GB limit under 32-bit O/Ses is not a consideration. For users who want to employ more than 4GB of RAM in a system, 64-bit allows this.

You can read other opinions from the various links I've posted above.

I look at it as a normal progression. Just as we moved from 16-bit DOS to 32-bit Windows...we now move on to 64-bit operating systems. I use both. I have 32-bit XP and 32-bit Win 7 and 64-bit Win 7 on my systems.


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