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03-04-2012 05:38 PM
On second thoughts, why mess around with my machine with a beta.
Is it possible to re-install win7 premium 64bit OS over my existing 32bit OS. Is there any compatibility issues that i need to be worried about.
Also, what is the basic difference between these two bits OS.
Sorry, if i sound naive but that's what i am...new at this.
03-05-2012 05:38 AM - edited 03-05-2012 05:41 AM
There is actually some chatter about that right now as to whether Win8 is going to be able to be dual-booted. Something about a protected boot environment. I just installed it on a spare laptop and was able to create a dual boot with Kubuntu Linux but not sure it will dual boot with Windows 7. My best advice is to reinstall Windows 7 as a 64 bit installation....that requires a clean install, not an upgrade. Most Windows 7 install disks give the option of a 32 or 64 bit installation and the same Key Code will work for either, I believe. So you can use the existing Key Code to install 64 bit, assuming your laptop came with Win7 installed. I think the same is true for Vista, too.
The difference between 32 bit and 64 bit is basically the width of the data highway. 32 bit is a 2-lane road and 64 bit is a superhighway. 64 bit is more stable and in my opinion runs a bit faster. The big thing is it can address an almost unlimited amount of memory. With memory so cheap right now it just makes sense to install a lot.
03-05-2012 05:45 AM
Ok, understood about the dual boot.
Yes, my machine came with a factory installed Win 7 premium 32bit. So as you suggest, i should be able to do a clean install of win 7 premium or profession 64bit.
Now, what is the basic difference between a 32 bit os and a 64bit os....why this two types....???? I know almost all asian models are 32bit while the US models are 64bit.
My wifes notebook is from Best buy USa and it has a 64 bit win 7 premium, however, i fail to see the difference.
03-05-2012 05:51 AM
It is nothing you can see. They look identical. It is the way it is coded down deep to take advantage of the wider data lane for a 64 bit processor, as almost all processors on computers today are 64 bit processors, other than tablets and netbooks.