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Can a 64 bit Operating System be Installed on a 32 Bit PC??

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Can a 64 bit Operating System be Installed on a 32 Bit PC??

wlangle
Can a 64 bit Operating System (Vista,XP) be Installed on a 32 Bit PC ??
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    OldER Mycroft

    If you are an adult, would you squeeze yourself into children's clothes?

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    wlangle

    Personally, I would not do this install. BUT someone in management got a good deal on some Vista 64 upgrades and at present we only have 32 bit machines running XP Pro (and will probably stay that way for sometime to come). Of course management wants to know why this will not work, espacially when they know 32 bit OS's install just fine on 64 bit pc's. I will do some more research on this subject in order to give them some kind of detailed answer to this issue.

    Thank you for the responses

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    look at is this way you have a box that can hold 64 books, you can manage to put 32 books in but it does meet to the box capability. But you cannot but 64 books in a box that hold only 32 books they won't fit will they.

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    Langlier

    A few things I'm not sure you know... Most Vista upgrades (ultimate edition) come with both the x64 and 32-bit versions of the OS... thus you can use the OS. Most dual core PCs run 64-bit processors and thus can run 64-bit operating systems. Most recent AMD processors can run 64-bit OSes.

    but as another poster said you can put 32 books in a 64 book bookshelf but not vice versa.

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    look on the side of the vox its says you have to send of for the 32 bit or 64 bit version they only include 1 version in the box. Use 32 bit cd with that serial number it will work

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    Langlier

    But the full retail versions of Vista Ultimate had both. I've not seen one in the last couple months just stating my experience

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    Odd

    thats stange, maybe Microsoft are cutting back here in the UK

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    NOW LEFT TR

    Tell them this:

    A 64 Bit system as 64 arms that work together.

    A 32 bit system has 32 arms that work together.

    32 Bit version of Windows will work on a 64 Bit system as the hardware still has enough arms to carry the work load as it does not make full use of the 64.

    The 64 Bit version if attempted to be used on a 32 ARMED system will automatically overload as the system drops things due to not having enough arms (or BITS)!

    Then tie one arm behind their back and catch two or more balls st the same time!

    Walk Away and laugh!

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    Nope its not possible, Sorry

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    Mr.Wiz

    because the hardware won't meet requirements.

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    JamesRL

    Many new PCs can run either a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. Its just that the 32 bit version is the one licensed with the PC, and you might have to hunt for drivers.

    I have a 2 year old Dell Precision workstation at home. It can run 64 bit just fine. Thats probably the only way to make maximum use of the second CPU slot (one Xeon installed now) and 6 RAM slots in it.

    But the other side of course is how well your apps will run in a 64 bit environment. Some might not interact well with 64 bit HW drivers. Few are written or optimised for a 64 bit environment.

    Personally I wouldn't go 64 bit unless my key application was written for it.

    James

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    iain

    As mentioned above, a lot of PCs are 64 bit capable just simply ship with 32 bit OS pre-installed.

    I would download a trial/request a trial cd of vista x64 and try it in one of your PCs, preferably with the boss. If the hardware is 32 bit only the installer won't even start it will let you know.

    Drivers are another very important aspect. A lot of printers, scanners and other vital office hardware has had driver support removed or it's just not digitally signed and fails, so deffinately check first that your expensive hardware won't become nothing more than a swanky paperweight, when you take the plunge to 64 bit.

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    OldER Mycroft

    If you are an adult, would you squeeze yourself into children's clothes?

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    wlangle

    Personally, I would not do this install. BUT someone in management got a good deal on some Vista 64 upgrades and at present we only have 32 bit machines running XP Pro (and will probably stay that way for sometime to come). Of course management wants to know why this will not work, espacially when they know 32 bit OS's install just fine on 64 bit pc's. I will do some more research on this subject in order to give them some kind of detailed answer to this issue.

    Thank you for the responses

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    look at is this way you have a box that can hold 64 books, you can manage to put 32 books in but it does meet to the box capability. But you cannot but 64 books in a box that hold only 32 books they won't fit will they.

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    Langlier

    A few things I'm not sure you know... Most Vista upgrades (ultimate edition) come with both the x64 and 32-bit versions of the OS... thus you can use the OS. Most dual core PCs run 64-bit processors and thus can run 64-bit operating systems. Most recent AMD processors can run 64-bit OSes.

    but as another poster said you can put 32 books in a 64 book bookshelf but not vice versa.

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    look on the side of the vox its says you have to send of for the 32 bit or 64 bit version they only include 1 version in the box. Use 32 bit cd with that serial number it will work

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    Langlier

    But the full retail versions of Vista Ultimate had both. I've not seen one in the last couple months just stating my experience

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    Odd

    thats stange, maybe Microsoft are cutting back here in the UK

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    NOW LEFT TR

    Tell them this:

    A 64 Bit system as 64 arms that work together.

    A 32 bit system has 32 arms that work together.

    32 Bit version of Windows will work on a 64 Bit system as the hardware still has enough arms to carry the work load as it does not make full use of the 64.

    The 64 Bit version if attempted to be used on a 32 ARMED system will automatically overload as the system drops things due to not having enough arms (or BITS)!

    Then tie one arm behind their back and catch two or more balls st the same time!

    Walk Away and laugh!

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    Nope its not possible, Sorry

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    Mr.Wiz

    because the hardware won't meet requirements.

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    JamesRL

    Many new PCs can run either a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. Its just that the 32 bit version is the one licensed with the PC, and you might have to hunt for drivers.

    I have a 2 year old Dell Precision workstation at home. It can run 64 bit just fine. Thats probably the only way to make maximum use of the second CPU slot (one Xeon installed now) and 6 RAM slots in it.

    But the other side of course is how well your apps will run in a 64 bit environment. Some might not interact well with 64 bit HW drivers. Few are written or optimised for a 64 bit environment.

    Personally I wouldn't go 64 bit unless my key application was written for it.

    James

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    iain

    As mentioned above, a lot of PCs are 64 bit capable just simply ship with 32 bit OS pre-installed.

    I would download a trial/request a trial cd of vista x64 and try it in one of your PCs, preferably with the boss. If the hardware is 32 bit only the installer won't even start it will let you know.

    Drivers are another very important aspect. A lot of printers, scanners and other vital office hardware has had driver support removed or it's just not digitally signed and fails, so deffinately check first that your expensive hardware won't become nothing more than a swanky paperweight, when you take the plunge to 64 bit.