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32bit to 64bit
show user profile  zeefusion
There are a few pc's in the office that have a 32bit operating system on them. I have been asked to find out what the process is to upgrade to a 64bit os?

Does the motherboard and processor need to support b4bit? and nothing else. If my processor supports 64bit then I assume I just need to install win xp 64 on it? Or is there other things I need to do like update bios, motherboard drivers etc.

The processor in question is

It says, Instruction Set - 64-bit so I assume it supports 64bit os? I will also be wanting to upgrade the RAM, again is there anything else I need to update as well?
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2/17/2011 1:31:57 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 1:31:57 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
64 bit windows runs on any x86-64 compatible processor.
It does not run on 32 bit only processors.
You will need compatible drivers - always use latest version where possible.
win7/64 would be a better choice than xp/64.
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2/17/2011 1:47:07 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 1:47:57 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
You should be all good with that set-up. One thing to be thinking about though is XP 64 Drivers. Can be difficult to find some for older hardware, stuff like peripherals etc, but standard builds will probably be fine.

One question though. Do you need to upgrade them to 64bit, or is it going to cause more problems than it will solve?

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2/17/2011 1:47:26 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 1:47:59 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Low studio budget this year and wanting to upgrade a few 32bit systems. So looking at upgrading processors and ram only. Graphics cards are ok.

Thanks for the help :)

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2/17/2011 1:51:10 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 1:51:10 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
My advice would be to swap out the dual cores for quads if you've got the cash and as much memory as you need or can fit in the machines.

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2/17/2011 1:55:37 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 1:55:37 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I found XP-64 to be a bit of a pain, as there was a lack of decent drivers.

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2/17/2011 2:16:47 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 2:16:47 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
will an intel core 2 quad fit straight in? is the intel core 2 duo and core 2 quad the same fitting?
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2/17/2011 4:01:10 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 4:01:10 PM)
show user profile  BishBashRoss
Core 2 quad and core 2 duo is the same fitting. Just double check the mobo supports both.

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2/17/2011 4:12:48 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 4:12:48 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
the processor support is dependant on socket and chipset compatibility, if your chipset is 965p or newer it should support all the core brand cpus (as long as the socket fits)

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2/17/2011 5:22:12 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 5:22:12 PM)
show user profile  horizon
Unless you have XP 64 already in stock, why not go with win7?

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2/17/2011 7:34:01 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 7:34:01 PM)
show user profile  zeefusion
Because 300+ will have to do that too, our company does everything by the book and very slowly. upgrading to a new os is not on the cards anytime soon. Annoying but not much i can do about it.

We will most likely buy win 7 and downgrade to xp.
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2/17/2011 9:11:18 PM (last edit: 2/17/2011 9:11:18 PM)
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