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32-bit OS, x64-based Processor

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  • Hi,

    when i go to computer info in windows 8 it is showing that i have 32-bit OS, x64-based Processor. i am slightly confused. does this mean i have a 32 bit OS installed but my computer is compatible with 64 bit? 

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:20 AM

Answers

  • Exactly.

    Your OS installed is x86 (32-bit) and your CPU is x64 (64-bit) compatible.

    You can run both x86 and x64 OS with your CPU.

    Hopefully that answers your question. :)

    • Proposed as answer by Puckis Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:48 PM
    • Marked as answer by Scott Rennie Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:50 PM
    Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:48 PM

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  • Exactly.

    Your OS installed is x86 (32-bit) and your CPU is x64 (64-bit) compatible.

    You can run both x86 and x64 OS with your CPU.

    Hopefully that answers your question. :)

    • Proposed as answer by Puckis Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:48 PM
    • Marked as answer by Scott Rennie Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:50 PM
    Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:48 PM
  • So to ask a question related to this.. 

    I have exactly the same processor specs.  I have both Windows 8 Pro 32 and 64.  I have downloaded 32.  Should I download 64? 

    Thanks!

    ET

    Thursday, June 06, 2013 5:11 PM
  • 64bit is recommended if you want to be able to use more than 4GB RAM. Also, some programs may run better on a 64bit OS even if you don't have more than 4GB RAM. As for which you should be using, it depends on your requirements. Another plus side of 64bit is if you only have 4GB RAM now, and your hardware supports it, you can upgrade your RAM later on.
    Friday, June 07, 2013 2:59 PM
  • Hey, I have 2 GB RAM on my PC. Should I install Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit? And that too from the same product key I've purchased for Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit?


    • Proposed as answer by Jonklaus Monday, April 09, 2018 7:50 AM
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 11:07 AM
  • Hello,

    Here is the Technet link on the benefits of using 64-bit Windows.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd630755(v=office.12).aspx


    Thanks, Darrell Gorter [MSFT] This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Sunday, June 22, 2014 6:31 PM
  • thank you for help me
    Thursday, August 14, 2014 6:03 PM
  • meaning, you can either install 32 bit or 64 bit OS
    Friday, April 24, 2015 1:06 PM
  • I'm Also Confused about this topic and after i knew x64 bit OS is compatible i've been so better because everything on 64 bit is better and available more than 32 bit (x84) bit but the important question is what better to be installed on my PC 32 or 64 bit ? and if i install 64 bit OS would it be lag on my pc?

    Monday, June 22, 2015 1:02 AM
  • Ali, if your computer has at least 4GB RAM then you should install 64bit. Installing 64bit on less than 4GB RAM does not make it slower but you will have the opportunity to upgrade to higher RAM without having to do anything with Windows.
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 3:23 PM
  • I also have a 64-bit processor running Win10 32-bit. It has 2GB of RAM and 32gb drive.

    After having thousands of files downloaded into the temp folder several times - filling my C drive - I found the anniversary update, downloaded it to an external drive and installed manually. But it's happening last week (even though updates were postponed!) Here's the last few updates.

        KB 401 0250 17Feb22 Flash
        KB 321 6755 17Feb11
        KB 321 1320 17Jan27
        KB 890 830       Malicious Tool
        KB 321 3986 17Jan11

    I went to the update catalog searched for "Windows 10 1607" but couldn't see any outstanding downloads. There are 2 versions of many updates - one that has "x64-based System" added to the description. I think I downloaded 3216755 with "x64".  It looks like I installed the wrong one?  Would that explain why it keeps trying to download thousands of files?



    • Edited by PDrummond Sunday, February 26, 2017 1:10 AM
    Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:36 PM
  • Yes, your computer is compatible with 64 bit.
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:32 AM
  • <g class="gr_ gr_45 gr-alert gr_tiny gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="45" id="45">i</g> have the same problem with my laptop, so how can change my OS to 64bgit?
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:49 AM