SO there is no doubt it will run Vista 64. HOWEVER can you find all the drivers for this OS? If not, then forget about it.
Okay I'm trying to figure out if the new computer my parents bought from HP is capable of running Windows Vista 64 Bit....
Now when I go to System,click on the Windows Experience Index, and click on the "View and Print Details" button it says the follow
Model KL654AV-ABA a6460t
Total amount of system memory 2.00 GB RAM
System type 32-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2
64-bit capable Yes
Okay that seems simple enough if I go by that alone right? My computer should be able to handle and run Windows Vista 64 Bit right?
Well I went to the MS website to investigate further and when I went to the upgrading section it says the following...
"Warning: You cannot upgrade unless you have the 64-bit Windows operating system running on a 64-bit capable PC. Learn more.
Find out if the Windows Vista operating system is right for you. Read these instructions to see if you can enjoy the Windows Vista experience. All upgrades for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista are available for purchase and download. However, some versions might not work with your PC or current edition of Windows. We currently offer only upgrade editions of Windows Vista for download."
Does this mean that I will not be able to install 64 Bit Windows on my PC since it came with the 32 Bit version? If so that sucks. Is there anyway to work around it?
Last but definitely least MS says to:
1) Confirm that your PC is capable of running 64-bit software.
1. Open the "System Properties" window
2. Click the Advanced tab.
3. Click Environment Variables.
4. In the "System variables" list at the bottom of the Environment Variables window, look for a variable called "PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE". If your PC has a 32-bit processor, this variable will have a value of "x86". If it has a 64-bit processor this variable will have a value of "x64"."
I did EXACTLY as the instructions say and for "PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE" I have a value of x86.
So according to the website I am not able to run 64 Bit Windows Vista which contradicts what that Print Summary says.
Which one is right? Do any of the experts suggest a solid proof way of knowing whether or not your computer can run Windows Vista 64 Bit Edition and if so what's the best way to install it if you already have the 32 Bit version?
I would appreciate any help anyone can give me regarding this matter. Let me know if you need more information...