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Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 4:12 am

Hey,

So I bought windows vista, the 64-bit version... however, it seems that I'm only using the 32-bit version and since I have 8gb of ram I want to take the advantage of that. I've probably searched at the wrong place but I can't find a way to "patch" my system. It would be very appreciated if you could help me with this tiny (?) problem

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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by AuroraRange on Sat 09 May 2009, 4:39 am

InsanityVonMike wrote:Hey,

So I bought windows vista, the 64-bit version... however, it seems that I'm only using the 32-bit version and since I have 8gb of ram I want to take the advantage of that. I've probably searched at the wrong place but I can't find a way to "patch" my system. It would be very appreciated if you could help me with this tiny (?) problem

You cant 'patch' your system to be able to use all 8gigs of ram because its limited by the architecture of the operating system.

From Wiki :

In computer architecture, 32-bit integers, memory addresses, or other data units are those that are at most 32 bits (4 octets) wide. Also, 32-bit CPU and ALU architectures are those that are based on registers, address buses, or data buses of that size. 32-bit is also a term given to a generation of computers in which 32-bit processors were the norm.

The range of integer values that can be stored in 32 bits is 0 through 4,294,967,295 or −2,147,483,648 through 2,147,483,647 using two's complement encoding. Hence, a processor with 32-bit memory addresses can directly access 4 GB of byte-addressable memory.

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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 5:13 am

So how will I be able to get 64 because that's what I payed for.

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Post by AuroraRange on Sat 09 May 2009, 5:32 am

InsanityVonMike wrote:So how will I be able to get 64 because that's what I payed for.
I don't understand, You should be able to install both 32bit and 64bit version. The 64bit windows vista should be included in the box. If not, grab your copy from here or torrent/rapidshare, just use your original license.

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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by Belahzur on Sat 09 May 2009, 5:34 am

We do not encourage torrent/P2P.

If you dual boot, you can get 32/64 bit at the same time, but Doc will talk you through that if you want to do that.

64bit works differently to 32bit, you will notice not all programs you run in 32bit work in 64.


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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 5:41 am

Belahzur wrote:We do not encourage torrent/P2P.

If you dual boot, you can get 32/64 bit at the same time, but Doc will talk you through that if you want to do that.
I've heard about dual booting and it's quite interesting in this case - does it slow down the computer?

Belahzur wrote:64bit works differently to 32bit, you will notice not all programs you run in 32bit work in 64.
Such as? Any particular programs?

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Post by Belahzur on Sat 09 May 2009, 5:44 am

Pretty much 98% of programs on the internet, you have to download the 64bit version of their programs, that goes for antivirus' too.

I know nothing of dual booting because it modifies boot.ini and that file is needed, if that file doesn't exist, then you can't boot.


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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:09 am

Hm... how do you know for sure what version you are using? I got the fact when I entered the background settings. It's really odd that I don't have the 64-bits version since it says on the dvd "This dvd contains 64-bits version only" (translated).

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Post by Belahzur on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:26 am

There are signs around the machine.

Two signs are as follows:

C:\Program Files(x86) <== see the (x86)?
C:\Windows\SysWOW64 <== allows 64bit files to run in 32bit mode.

That's just the basics some users notice, if your advanced and know what your doing, some of our tools give off signs too.


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Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:29 am

Yes, both those are visible. But how come it says in my background settings that I'm only using 32?

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Post by Belahzur on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:32 am

Not sure, possibly that it thinks it's 32bit because the SysWOW64 allows 64bit to run under 32bit mode.


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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:46 am

Okey, but it shouldn't prevent me from using 8gb of ram, am i correct?

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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by Belahzur on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:49 am

I doubt you could use ALL 8gigs But yes, it shouldn't prevent you from using your available system resources.


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Solved Re: Upgrade to 64-bit (Windows Vista)

Post by InsanityVonMike on Sat 09 May 2009, 6:56 am

Belahzur wrote:I doubt you could use ALL 8gigs But yes, it shouldn't prevent you from using your available system resources.
hehe, no of course not but it's a hell more than I would otherwise Thanks for your help!

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