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My OS is 32-bit but I want to know if my hardware support 64-bit

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yes, it would work fine. –  andrew cooke Mar 11 '12 at 13:58
    
the first result of a search for "Q8200" is intel's data sheet - ark.intel.com/products/36547/… - which includes "64 bit instruction set" –  andrew cooke Mar 11 '12 at 13:59
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Run SecurAble from Steve Gibson at grc.com. –  bbfugitive Mar 11 '12 at 14:17
    
Your CPU supports the upgrade. Every Core 2 CPU is 64-bit capable. Whether the rest of your components do, we can't really know. (But if they support Windows 7, they'll support 64-bit Windows 7.) –  David Schwartz Mar 11 '12 at 15:03
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Anybody puzzled by the comments above should see superuser.com/questions/399482/… which was closed as a duplicate of this question. Looks like the comments from that question were automatically migrated to this one. –  Harry Johnston Mar 11 '12 at 21:35

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Install and run Securable, it will tell you. If you get the 64 max bit length, then yes your processor supports it.

http://www.grc.com/securable.htm

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Both good answers, but I love Securable for its simplicity for the given task. And large font. ;) –  Kara Marfia Feb 27 '11 at 18:09

From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions:

  1. Open Performance Information and Tools: Clicking the Start button and then click Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, and then, in the list of results, click Performance Information and Tools
  2. Click View and print details
  3. In the System section, you can see whether or not you can run a 64-bit version of Windows under 64-bit capable

Example: 64-bit capable

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since the last time i answered this question microsoft has provided a dedicated page for the same... Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows? –  user1055604 Nov 20 '12 at 13:57
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That tells you if you're running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Not if you can run 64-bit Windows. –  Ian Boyd Jan 25 at 15:51
    
thanks... that's right... the link in the comment does not server the intended purpose... the answer stands correct... –  user1055604 Jan 26 at 9:40
    
It was hoping the web-site would describe a way to see if my machine is 64-bit capable. –  Ian Boyd Jan 26 at 13:56

Install CPU-Z, run and check out results. If you are unsure, post results (screenshot) to your question. There is no good way in Windows for determining that, except if your Windows is already 64bit. Check out for example this question.

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Another method to find out if your processor supports 32 or 64-bit:

  1. Click on the Start menu
  2. Click Run (or type run on Windows Vista/7 and press Enter)
  3. Type regedit and press OK
  4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\SYSTEM\CENTERALPROCESSOR\0

Look at the Identifier, it should say contain "Intel64" or "Intel32".

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reg query "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\SYSTEM\CentralProcessor\0" from Command Prompt when access to regedit.exe has been disabled. –  deizel Sep 11 '13 at 10:05

Does not matter what your current OS is - sysinfo, properties, etc., will only tell you what your current OS is. To find out whether your hardware is 64-bit capable, download and run Microsoft's Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

The "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" should give you a full report on whether your system can run 32-bit and/or 64-bit. Any drivers can be downloaded, no issue there. A new Windows 7 package should come with both Windows 7 32-bit disk and 64-bit disc as well.

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