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June 2011 - Windows 64 Bit

June 2011

Windows 64 Bit - What is it?

What is the difference between 32 bit & 64 bit?
The 64 bit version of Windows handles more (RAM) Random Access Memory more effectively than a 32 bit system.  Having more memory allows to you multitask more efficiently by keeping more programs opened at the same time.  Software program will open much quicker with more memory.  If you plan on editing graphics or video, having enough memory is essential.

What version of Windows should I install or purchase?
To run a 64 bit operating system your processor (CPU) needs to be capable of running a 64 bit of Windows.  Once you determine that your processor can handle a 64 bit operating system and you would like to use more than 4GB of memory, then a 64 bit operating system is your only way.  

Can I upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit?
No, you cannot upgrade from a 32 bit to a 64 bit.  You can only upgrade to another version of the same bit type.  For example if you are running Windows Vista 32 bit, you can only upgrade to Windows 7 32 bit.  If you would like to upgrade to a 64 bit version of Windows, you must perform a backup and then install a fresh copy of Windows.

How do I find out if my computer can run a 64 bit version of Windows?
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, click on the Start button then Control Panel.  Select System & Maintenance, then select Performance Information & Tools.  Click view and print details.  In the System section you will see what type of operating system you are currently running under System Type.  

If you are already running a 64 bit version you won't see the 64 bit capable information.

Can I run 32 bit programs on a 64 bit computers?
Most programs will work on 64 bit versions of Windows.  Some exceptions are antivirus programs.  Hardware drivers for items like printers won't work on 64 bits versions of Windows so you will have to download the 64 bit driver from the manufacturer.  

What is the most common problem with a 64 bit version of Windows?
Printers are where we see the most issues.  If you are unsure, navigate to the printer manufacture's website and search by your model number to verify they have 64 bit printer drivers.

Older printer models may not have a 64 bit driver, therefore you may have to purchase a new printer.

To check to see if your applications are compatible with a 64 bit version of Windows click here.


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