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Upgrading from 32-bit to 64-bit

  1. #11


    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    When I bought it, Windows 8 come pre-installed. I saw on system properties it says 32-bit Operating System, x64-based processor. I think I'm going to install the 64-bit of Windows 8 on the store where I bought this notebook.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, I just wanted to confirm for sure that it was in fact only 32 bit.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I've run 2 Gig ram and 64 bit Windows 7, will 8 not install with only 2 Gig?
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  4. #14


    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    You run 64-bit Windows 7 with 2GB RAM. Have you get any problem?
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  5. #15


    I have Windows 8.1 64 bit trial version running on VirtualBox with about 1.7 GB RAM assigned. The host is Windows 7 32 bit with 4 GB RAM so that is about as much as could be spared. It installed and runs OK but performance isn't great.
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  6. #16


    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    So the minimum RAM for 64-bit is 4GB, isn't it? what about the processor? does my proc is enough to run 64-bit version? my proc run at 1.4GHz (Dual-Core), oh yeah is it possible to change the processor of the notebook? or maybe the graphic card too? since RAM can be changed/upgraded, if it possible and the price isn't so expensive maybe I'll try to replace them..
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It "may" be possible to upgrade the processor. It's no easy feat though. Taking a laptop apart is a lot of work. Swapping out the video module, if even possible, is a lot more work. This could get real expensive if your going to pay somebody to do it. Laptops aren't designed to be upgraded like desktop PC's are. The Ram, hard drive, and battery are your only easily replaceable items.
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  8. #18


    Pelaihari
    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 x64 & Ubuntu 14.10 x64


    Hmm thanks for ur explanation. I though everything is the same as replacing RAM.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No it doesn't work that way with laptops. To save space and make it as thin as possible, everything that can be, is usually integrated right into the motherboard. The video card, if you want to call it that, is usually built right into the motherboard. Some high end laptops with a dedicated video card will have a removable card but its not like what you'd find in a desktop PC. Its usually a custom daughter board that will only fit that make and model laptop. RAM is upgradable though an access panel, it wasn't always though. You'll also notice that laptop RAM is smaller than desktop RAM. It's SODIM, Small Outline RAM. The hard drive is replaceable though an access panel because they often wear out or fail before the laptop reaches its end of life. Laptop hard drives are smaller than desktop drives too, or at least they used to be before SSD's. Your typical desktop spinner drive is a 3.5 inch form factor while laptop drives are 2.5 inch form factor drives. I've disassembled a few laptops over the years, countless screws, usually some hidden under the rubber feet etc. If you have never done it before your going to want to try and find a service manual. Otherwise you are likely going to break something trying to get it apart. IMHO not recommended for the casual PC enthusiast.
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  10. #20


    Most notebooks are currently sold with a 64 bit CPU because that is what most modern CPUs are. But they often run a 32 bit OS because that is most appropriate for what a notebook was designed for. Many people think that a 64 bit OS will be significantly faster than a 32 bit but in most cases that just isn't the case. The performance advantages will be minimal and in many cases it will be slower. A 64 bit OS has some major advantages but these are primarily for native 64 bit applications which for a number of reasons are not really appropriate for a notebook. For most people the primary advantage of a 64 bit OS is the ability to access over 4 GB RAM and then only when running applications that can really take advantage of it.

    Upgrading a CPU usually isn't very cost effective. The options available, if any, will be expensive. You can't assume that your specific computer will be compatible with other CPUs that were sold with your model number. Manufacturers often make changes during production that effect compatibility.
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