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RedChaos

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32bit N 64bit dual boot
« on: Dec 23, 2010; 11:43 PM »
I was messing around with installing Wubi on my windows xp 32bit system. It downloaded and installed the 64bit version of Ubuntu. I thought this very strange since I have a 32bit computer.

It worked though and when I uninstalled that and installed the actual Ubuntu harddrive install I decided to use the 64bit Ubuntu. Was wondering though what was going on.

Looked it up and found out my computer is 64bit. Don't know what this means.

Just wondering , can anyone here tell me what having a 32bit operating system on a 64bit computer will do to it? Is there any problems or limitations associated with that?

Thanks.

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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #1 on: Dec 24, 2010; 12:04 AM »
32bit operating system on a 64bit Comp will work fine with no problems  :)
The only limitations you wont be able to run 64bit programs or have lots of usable Ram on a 32bit windows machine about 3.5 gig of ram is recognised on 64bit you can have up to well lots i have 8 gig on my win 7 64bit machine  :mrgreen:

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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #2 on: Dec 24, 2010; 05:18 PM »
As Rawmeat said and a 64bit OS should run slightly faster as it can use the full speed of your processor as very basically a 32bit OS handles 32bits of data at once and the 64bit runs 64 bits at once.
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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #3 on: Dec 24, 2010; 10:59 PM »
Thanks Rawmeat and Jaknet. Your reassurance means a lot more to me then a anonymous article on the net that could have been wrong.

I found this article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64

I looked up my video card and cpu using cpuz and gpuz , from what I saw they are both 64bit.

Also happy I finally installed Ubuntu without deleting my windows partition. So I have both. Now I can be annoyed  by Ubuntu and not loose the gaming possibilities of Windows.

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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #4 on: Dec 25, 2010; 12:54 AM »
One of the things they forgot to mention is you get a performance boost running a 32bit OS on 64bit architecture, thats why AMD beat up Intel when they released their 64bit procs.

I run a duel boot Win XP 32bit and Win 7 64bit and have no issues what so ever, so enjoy your new duel boot system.
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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #5 on: Dec 25, 2010; 02:18 AM »
AMD still suck  :mrgreen:

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Re: 32bit N 64bit dual boot
« Reply #6 on: Dec 31, 2010; 06:14 AM »
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AMD still suck  :mrgreen:

I would beg to differ, since their cost per performance is higher than Intel's.
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