Tips To Upgrade Windows® 7 From 32 Bit to 64 Bit
Make comparisons between 32 bit and 64 bit of Windows 7 OS.
The terms 64 bit and 32 bit deal with the way in which the computer handles the information. The 64 bit Operating System of Windows 7 is more efficient than the 32 bit Operating System. 64-bit versions of Windows 7 are premeditated to take full benefit of the improved RAM and multi-tasking capabilities of 64-bit PCs. The 64 bit operating system of Windows requires a huge random access memory. The 32 or 64 bit architecture determines the memory address length which can be referenced by the processor. A 64 bit computer provides better performance while running many programs at a time. Almost all the software and hardware designed for the 32 bit Windows 7 operating system would work with the 64 bit OS except some antivirus programs and some hardware drivers.
Given below are tips to upgrade 32-bit Windows 7 Operating System to 64 bit:
- Check the system requirements
- Check the hardware compatibility
- Installing and reinstalling the latest 64-bit version
Check the system requirements
Before the uninstallation of the older 32 bit operating system, users should check whether the system configuration could afford the newer 64 bit version. Almost all the computers manufactured in the last three years could manage the 64-bit Windows 7, even though there are some exceptions. The low grade processing units that don't support the AMD or Intel 64-bit extension don't support the 64-bit version.
Check the hardware compatibility
You may have some hardware like printer, webcam etc connected to your system. Before the installation of the 64-bit Windows 7 Operating System, users should check whether the hardware could support the new Operating System. Most of the programs designed for a computer having 32 bit work on a computer running 64 bit Windows 7. The drivers especially designed for the 32-bit version do not work with the 64 bit operating system.
While installing the 64-bit Operating System of the Windows 7, the user should take care of the data and files stored in the computer. There are two options available in the installation process. You can do either upgrade or custom installation. If you want to keep your files, programs, and settings in the computer itself, you could use the 'Upgrade' option. By choosing the custom installation, you would have a clean installation and all your data and settings would be removed.
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