What is the difference between a 32 bit and 64 bit cpu???
I'm sorry, but that was just too good to pass up.
For years we've been using 32 bit processors and 32 bit operating systems.
(Windows 98/SE, ME, XP, etc.)
That means that each command is 32 bits long.
Now, we're on the virge of getting a whole new OS with commands that will be 64 bits long.
A 32 bit processor, just won't run those commands. You'll need a 64 bit processor for that.
A 64 bit CPU will, however, run the older 32 bit commands.
That's called "Backward Compatibility", something we've long had and enjoyed.
I'm still running Windows Xp-Pro/SP2, a 32 bit OS so I'm not too worried about it.....YET.
I just built a new PC for a friend of mine and local business man, with the new AMD 64 bit processor in it.
For now he's using Windows XP, but when he wants to upgrade to Vista, some day, He'll have a CPU that will run that 64 bit OS. All we'll have to do is double or maybe quadruple the amount of ram.
Does that help you any? God, I hope so, cause that's about all I know about it.
Happy Mother's Day,
Edited by The Shadow, 14 May 2006 - 03:23 PM.