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#1 trevorcork

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 03:39 PM

im new in IT im training to be a tech,one question im not sure of is - if i had a computer and i cant boot into safemode or normal windows,how can i find out if its a 32 or 64 bit operating system,if i cant boot into safemode is there another way i can find out or any tool i coulkd boot with? id appreciate yere help please



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:05 PM

Download a linux disk like FatDog64. Burn the iso. Boot the disk. Explore the drive and if you see the folder ProgramFiles(x86) along with ProgramFiles then you have a 64bit OS. If you only see Program Files, then it would be 32bit. On the 64bit OS you would also see a Windows\SysWow64 folder. You could also put FatDog on a USB key using Rufus. Another nice disk to have is PartedMagic.

 

When using these on a Windows 8 computer, you would first need to disable Secureboot and Fastboot. Also you may need to enable Legacy Boot instead of UEFI. FatDog64 can boot UEFI.



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:55 AM

hi thanks for that thats handy now there good ways of knowing,will that cd run on 32bit aswell or just 64? thanks alot



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:31 AM

hey also if the hardrive is dead or cant access it with live cds is there another way of telling



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:27 AM

Yes, it does not make a difference as long as the computer CPU can run a 64bit OS. If not, then use PartedMagic or Puppy linux instead of FatDog.

 

If the computer does not boot because of a hardware problem, then you would need to remove the drive and attach it to another computer either internally, using a USB enclosure, or a USB adapter similar to this.

 

If the hard drive is bad and you cannot access it then no, you cannot find the OS version.



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:46 AM

ok john thanks a mill






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