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Hi, i have a question about windows vista 64bit

by miked79 / October 12, 2008 1:58 PM PDT

well i was using windows XP 32bit, and my computer hdd has died out, and im gonna have to load up a new OS

Id like to upgrade to vista 64, but im not sure if i have a computer that can handle 64 bit.

wondering if someone that knows about this stuff could help me. My computer is like this --

Dell Dimension 9100 series.
2.8 ghz Pentinum D 820 Smithfield
socket 775 LGA
intels i945 chipset
2gb ddr2 ram pc2-4300(266mhz)
Sb 24 Live sound card
gefore 8600 grafix card

thanks for the help

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Pretty sure no
by Jimmy Greystone / October 12, 2008 2:22 PM PDT

Pretty sure no is the answer to whether or not it will work with Vista x64, but to be sure you'll want to download a program called CPU-Z. I forget where it is exactly when you run this program, but there will be a listing of CPU features like MMX, SSE, SSE2, etc. If you see EMT64 in that list, you should be good to go. If that's not listed, you're stuck with the 32-bit Vista unless you want to upgrade your CPU to a Core 2 Duo or Quad.

You could also try looking up the CPU info on Intel's website or some place like Wikipedia. Normally I try to avoid Wikipedia, or even recommending it, but so long as the subject matter isn't the least bit controversial, it's fairly reliable.

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by miked79 / October 12, 2008 2:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Pretty sure no

i found that program you said, its a very good lil tool !
and it indeed does say EMT64, so i should be ok to purchase the 64 bit version?

thanks alot for thee help

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by Jimmy Greystone / October 12, 2008 2:39 PM PDT
In reply to: ahhh

Yes, you should be good to go if you have EMT64 support in your CPU. That is basically Intel's name for AMD's x86-64 instruction set that Vista x64 is based around.

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i see
by miked79 / October 12, 2008 2:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes

alrightly sounds good. I also checked wikipedia about my pentium D processor, and it also says it is 64 bit. I appreciate the help Happy

seeya dood!

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A Disgaea fan?
by Jimmy Greystone / October 12, 2008 3:09 PM PDT
In reply to: i see

Are you a Disgaea fan by chance? I ask because that's the only place I've ever seen "dood" used. If so, I commend you on your choice of games. That is an absolutely hilarious game.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't worry about it. Best of luck, and you might want to add more RAM, since 2GB is about the minimum you want with Vista.

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