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Hello guys!


I am getting a new computer soon, and the processor I am getting is going to be a 64bit (First time going to 64). So I was wondering, will I need to reformat my computer for it to, say "Install" in 64bit mode, and/or will I have to reformat to install all the programs I have, but in 64bit? or can I just continue with my everyday computing life, and just insert the parts.


Thank you for the help!
post #2 of 15
first off get a 64bit OS.. so with your OS drive just install the new 64bit OS and as usual it will format the drive.. update any programs you have that have 64bit versions tho not required but i would advise it.. add more RAM too now that you can address more than thorectiacl 4GB (usally about 3.5GB RAM with 32 bit OS).. get a nice 2 x 4GB kit thumb.gif

you can still use 32bit OS and software on 64bit systems if you want but a waste especially with an OS
Edited by stubass - 2/17/12 at 10:05pm
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post #3 of 15
if the windows you're using is already windows 7 64 bit, there is no need to format.
Windows 7 64bit can accept changes to cpu and motherboard anytime, based from my personal experience.

if its windows XP or Vista you will have to format and install it again.

What do you mean its your first time going 64bit? what was your last computer?
the old athlons and semprons were already 64bit, although they were too slow at that time
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post #4 of 15
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Well I am running on 32bit Win7, so how hard would it be to transfer to 64 bit?


I don't know if I read this right, but @stubass, can I change from 32 to 64 bit without reformatting?

And another thing, drivers, do I have to re-install them as 64 bit? or what...


And how bad is it to run 32bit applications on 64bit?


Thanks!
post #5 of 15
Err... 64 bit processors have been available since 2003... what are you upgrading from exactly?
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If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs

for more info
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions

well your probably have new mobo to go with your new cpu so various drivers needed should update to the most current driver during installation, some you might have to do manually..

as to the difference of say 32bit MS Office to 64bit Office im not really sure on the performance differences sorry
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post #7 of 15
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Err... 64 bit processors have been available since 2003... what are you upgrading from exactly?

I was wondering as well. Late in the game for this long.

Yes, you need to reformat. You have no order choices since you might want to prevent running into issue with a mix bag of OS problems.

You need a x86-64 CPU. Intel Pentium 4 and up and Athlon AMD64 +
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post #8 of 15
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Right now I'm running on a very very very bad computer.


Intel Pentium D Processor (32bit)
2gb Ram
nVidia GeForce 9400 GT


But I'm upgrading to something way better

(New processor, Originally called the Bulldozer, changed to FX. Can't remember exact name)
8gb DDR3 Ram (Ripjaw)
(Better graphics card, can't remember the name of it either...)


I have a really bad computer, but it has lasted me a decent amount of years so I am satisfied with it.
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Right now I'm running on a very very very bad computer.
Intel Pentium D Processor (32bit)
2gb Ram
nVidia GeForce 9400 GT
But I'm upgrading to something way better
(New processor, Originally called the Bulldozer, changed to FX. Can't remember exact name)
8gb DDR3 Ram (Ripjaw)
(Better graphics card, can't remember the name of it either...)
I have a really bad computer, but it has lasted me a decent amount of years so I am satisfied with it.

i wouldnt say very very very bad, i have a Pentium D 32bit and still runs pretty good, well not for modern games but it still has it uses biggrin.gif
reminds me of an artcle i read in PC Authority back in 03 or 04 just when intel was thinking of entering the 64bit cpu market, the intel engineers were debating weather to switch to 64bit line ups or try and push the P4 out to 24GHz.. well as you can see they saw reason with that LOL
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post #10 of 15
you never need to reformat when changing cpu. Only when you change motherboard. you dont need to upgrade your os to 64 bit unless you have more than 3.5gb of ram
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