32 to 64 bit

  fonkets 17:10 13 May 2013

Hi all.

I've acquired a computer (4 yr old) that is operating at 32 bit. It has windows 7 installed and has a 64 bit Athlon processor. I'm assuming I can run OS at 64bit. Can I switch to 64 from 32 easily, and will I get any instant benefits? It has 3mb ram fitted, so I presume I can up this with 64bit.

Thanks for any advice.

  Nontek 18:30 13 May 2013

It is not possible to change to 64bit from 32bit, you would need to do a full re-install of Win7 from scratch and choose the 64bit option during install.

  Nontek 18:32 13 May 2013

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  lotvic 20:33 13 May 2013

You won't be able to do a re-install unless you have the W7 Product Key.

If W7 is the oem pre-installed, factory activated variety you will not be able to use the product key that you would find by using a keyfinder (Magical Jelly Bean, SIW etc) as that key cannot be input in an ordinary install.

  fonkets 21:23 13 May 2013

I have a pukka version of W7 on cd, so reinstalling isn't a prob, but is it worth changing to 64bit given the hassle of backing up and reinstalling everything? Baring in mind I've only 3mb ram and am not gaming or photo/film editing.

  Nontek 22:41 13 May 2013

Probably not worth all the hassle, I would stick with 32bit.

  fonkets 22:51 13 May 2013

Thanks all. I shall remain 32bit. I installed a 500mb graphics card this evening.............. woooooosh (by my humble standards)! Now that's made a big difference.

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