Based on my brief research, the version of Windows 7 you can install (with respect to 32 or 64 bit) is based on what processor you have. I just bought a Dell Vostro, with a i3-350M Processor, and as far as i can tell, it should be able to run a 64-bit OS. Please correct me if i have the wrong impression of how it works.
Last night i installed the Windows 7 Professional (x64) Version, but on my Laptop it is the 32-bit version :( (AFAIK The 32-bit version == x86 version). Now its possible i installed the wrong one but very unlikely.
If i goto Device Manager it says under the Computer branch:
ACPI x86-based PC, does this mean i can't install a 64-bit OS or is this related to the fact that i have a 32-bit OS installed currently? Also, under Control Panel->Performance Information and Tools->Advanced System Details, it says
System Type: X86-based PC. Again, Am i just mistaken that the version you can install is based on the processor? or can my processor just not run 64-bit OS?
Please clear my confusion as i have a feeling its probably something simple :), Also being stuck with 32-bit is no problem i just figured why not install 64-bit if i could.
EDIT: All references to laptop in this post are to the new Vostro. Common belief is i used the wrong install :D Will check tonight and add an update. Thanks!