Refers to processors where integers and other data are stored in 32-bit registers. This has been the dominant processor architecture for a while, only recently being superseded by 64-bit operating systems.

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Why does Windows only show about 3.5 GB of my more than 4 GB of RAM?

I recently upgraded my computer's RAM to 4 GB. My 32-bit Windows installation shows only 3574 MB of the memory. How can I make Windows use the full amount of RAM?
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32-bit vs. 64-bit systems

What are the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit systems? If you have used both of them, what kind of sharp differences have you experienced? Would it be a problem to use 32-bit programs on ...
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Is there way to enable more than 4 GB RAM in 32-bit Windows OS?

I upgraded my PC to 4 GB RAM and I get only 3 GB. Windows 7 32-Bit consider that I've 4 GB RAM but didn't use more than 3 GB. Someone told me that MS Windows 32-bit doesn't support RAM larger than 3 ...
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Is there any benefit from installing Windows 7 64-bit when you have less than 4GB of RAM?

I've recently purchased Windows 7 Ultimate. I have an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ with 2GB DDR2 RAM. I know RAM has gotten much cheaper, I know, I know, but I am not going to be able to upgrade my RAM for ...
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Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?

What's the difference between 32 bit OS and 64 bit OS? Can a 32 bit OS run in a 64 bit processor?
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Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit

I've got a third-party application (in this case Cognos Data Manager) installed on 64-bit Windows Server 2003. Is there a quick way to determine if an application has been built/compiled as a 64-bit ...
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Unable to open IE 10 in 32-bit mode

I need to run IE 10 in 32-bit mode on 64-bit Windows 7 Enterprise N. When I run IE 10 from "C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer" I can see in task manager that I have only one process ...
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How to tell if a computer has a 64-bit CPU or OS

How you can check if your computer Has an x86 (32-bit) or x86-64 (64-bit) processor? Is running a 32 bit or 64 bit operating system?
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How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?

My OS is 32-bit but I want to know if my hardware support 64-bit
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Can I install windows 7 x64 in a VPC where the host is vista x86?

Before I waste my time trying is this possible? If not, i'll just install win 7 x86 on the VPC.
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What is the difference between 64-bit and 32-bit Operating systems? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 32-bit vs. 64-bit systems I know that there are 2 types of OSs, 64 bit and 32 bit What is the main differences between them? And if I am buying a new laptop, which one ...
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Can a 32-bit OS machine use up all 8GB RAM + 20GB page file?

What I understand about 32-bit OS is, the address is expressed in 32 bits, so at most the OS could use 232 = 4G memory space -- I assume the unit is bytes, so 4GB. Does this mean if any machine with ...
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Detect Windows Server version 32/64-bit in CLI

What's the best and quickest way to detect whether you're running a 32 or 64-bit version of Windows Server from the command line? (Cygwin is installed)
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I have 4GB of RAM installed but only 2GB are useble?

In the BIOS it says 4096MB, so the BIOS detects it. However Windows 7 only lets me use 2048MB. What's the problem?
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Memory sticks, 32 and 64 Bit OS

My current setup: Windows Vista, 32 bit 2 sticks of 1 GB Kingston HyperX 1333Mhz ram Asus P5K3 Deluxe Motherboard My Theoretical, temporary setup Windows Vista, 32 bit 4 sticks of 2 GB, 1333 ...
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Is it possible to use a 32-bit driver on 64-bit Windows 7?

I know it's not possible to install a 32-bit driver in the traditional way, but I really cannot find a 64-bit driver for my memory card reader. Is there anyway I can somehow use this device with a ...
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Should I choose 32 or 64 bit for Linux?

I own a Linux workstation which currently has 4 GB of RAM and planning to go for 8 GB in the near future. CPU is a Core2Quad Q9550. Should I install a 32 or 64 bit variant of Linux?
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Tell the version of Windows XP (64-bits or 32-bits)

My laptop's CPU is the Intel P8600 (x86-64 architecture), and Dell pre-installed Windows XP SP3 on it. However I am not sure if the version of Windows XP is the 64-bit version or the 32-bit version; ...
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Can I legally downgrade from Win 7 64 bits to Win 7 32 bits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? Tired of the unstable Win 7 64bit I got ...
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If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing?

32 bit computers can only store signed integers up to 232 - 1. This is why we have run out of ipv4 addresses and have entered the 64 bit era. However, the number 232 - 1 (2,147,483,647) is not as ...
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Pros and cons of 64bit vs 32bit Windows

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two types of system? I know that 64bit allows more RAM then the 3-and-a-bit used by 32bit, but what other differences would you expect to see? I am ...
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Is my install 32 or 64bit?

I'm trying to find out if my Ubuntu install is 32 or 64bit. The best I can find is "i686" does this mean its 32 bit? Whats the correct way of finding out if the Ubuntu installed on my laptop is 32 ...
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Can I upgrade from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64 bit without reinstalling all of my software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I'm getting a new PC soon and thinking ...
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Mac OS X: How can I tell if I'm in 64-bit mode?

I can't remember how to see if my OS X (10.6) installation is running in 32-bit or 64-bit mode.
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Enable 4 GB RAM usage on Windows 7 32-bit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Windows only show about 3.5 GB of my more than 4 GB of RAM? I have 4 GB of RAM which I understand is the maximum for Windows 7 32 bit. My system recognizes ...
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How can I determine whether my processor is 32-bit or 64-bit?

How can I determine whether my processor is 32-bit or 64-bit? My processor is AMD Phenom 8450 triple-core.
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8GB RAM on XP Professional [duplicate]

I recently installed 8GB of RAM onto a quad core workstation (HP xw8600) running Windows XP Pro (32-bit). I added the /PAE switch in the boot.ini file, but the SysInfo is saying 3GB total memory ...
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What happens when you install > 4GB of RAM in a computer with a 32-Bit OS?

So I'm a programmer and I'm not a complete idiot so I know exactly why you can't access memory where you can't have pointers. But I've never tried this and I don't think I ever will because it seems ...
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VirtualBox - 64 bit OS on a 32 bit host - Pros and Cons

Is is possible to run a 64 OS in a virtual environment host that is 32 bit. Say for example, I am running Windows XP 32 bit. Would it be possible for me to run a 64bit OS using VirtualBox or VMWare. ...
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Why is it that 32bit Windows XP can only address 3GB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Windows XP and RAM 3.5GB+ How to Check RAM Size without Looking at Motherboard If Windows XP is a 32-bit operating system, and 2^32 equals 4GB, why can't it support 4GB ...
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How to check if a binary is 32 or 64 bit on Windows?

So, I need to do just that before I move the program to 32bit machine and experience a spectacular failure. Is there an easy way to do this?
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Different PATH environment variable for 32bit and 64bit Windows - is it possible?

Is it possible to have whole or part of PATH environment variable specific to the type of running process's image (32bit/64bit)? When I run some app from within 64bit cmd.exe I would like to have it ...
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What is meant by a 32 bit processor?

What is meant by a 32 bit processor, or generally an n-bit processor?
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Merging “Program Files” and “Program Files (x86)” folders in Windows 7 64-bit

Windows 7 64-bit version installs 32-bit programs to Program Files (x86) folder, and 64-bit programs to Program Files folder. Of course, Microsoft must have a reason for doing that, but as a user I ...
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Easiest way to use a > 2TB internal hard disk in Windows XP 32-bit?

I have an 3TB external disk and Windows XP 32 bit. It works as a USB 2 disk with its enclosure, but I want to use it as an internal SATA disk. I don't want to use it as a boot disk, only as a data ...
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Can I use a Windows 7 Professional 32-Bit OEM licence to install the 64-Bit version, too? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I plan to buy a Notebook that ...
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Should I install 32-bit or 64-bit Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I choose 32 or 64 bit for Linux? I have a three-years-old Dell box with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and maximum 4GB RAM. I want to install Linux on the system but am ...
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Commands not working in Windows 7 32-bit command prompt

I have an HP laptop with a Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium operating system. My command prompt doesn't run lots of commands like help, shutdown, ipconfig, ping, etc. I get a message like: 'help' is ...
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What's the difference between 32 & 64 bit Windows for hardware [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 32-bit vs. 64-bit systems What is the difference between the 32 and 64 Windows? To move to 64 bit, does that mean just different software, or does it also require ...
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Is my Windows 7 x86 license key valid for a x64 installation of Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I've just got a new laptop with Windows ...
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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

I would like to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a PC with 1GB of RAM. What's better for me? The 32 or 64-bit version?
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Can I increase Windows XP 32bit's 3.5Gb RAM limit with /PAE? [duplicate]

I have Windows XP Pro 32bit, and cannot upgrade to a 64bit os for various reasons at the moment. I read that I can use PAE to remove the 3.5Gb limit of a 32bit os by editing the boot.ini file. Is ...
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Can 64-bit software run on 32-bit OS?

I have a 64-bit machine that has Windows 7 32-bit and Ubuntu 32-bit installed as a dual boot setup. Can I run 64-bit software on top of these 32-bit OSes, or are they a "bottleneck" limiting the true ...
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How does the number of sticks of RAM influence speed, for the same total amount of RAM? [duplicate]

Which will run faster: four 1GB sticks of DDR2 RAM, or two 2GB sticks? Will they run at the same speed? I'm just curious since they are sold in both sizes, and I have four slots, but only two sticks ...
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Do I need more RAM for programming if I switch to a 64 Bit OS?

Given that today (for performance reasons?) variables are usually aligned to the "bit-width" (I wanted to use "word-width" here, but on x86 a "word" is still 16 bits right?) of the processor, would ...
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Is it possible to migrate programs from 32 bit Windows to a new 64 bit Windows machine (both Windows 7)?

I've got a Windows 7 Pro 32 bit PC. Getting a new Windows 7 Home 64 bit. Is there anything I can use to transfer my programs (the ones that don't come in a 64 bit flavor) to the new PC? There is a ...
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How to upgrade from Windows 7 x86 to Windows 7 x64? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I want to move up to Win7 64 bit from ...
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64bit vs 32bit Operating Systems, which one to choose having 2GB RAM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 32-bit vs. 64-bit systems There is several talks about it, most people way "64bit all the way", but I'm wandering if for a 2GB machine 32bit is just fine. Currently ...
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installing Win 7 from Vista

I have Win Vista 32 bit system and I want to know if I can install Win 7 64 bit system without doing the so called "clean install". I know if I go from my 32 bit to Win 7 32 bit is a very seamless ...
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cannot finish kali linux install without cd or usb but i dont use either

I installed Kali Linux 1.0.7 ISO to my Windows 8.1 32-bit pc. I cant finish my installation because it keeps asking me for my cd even though I do not use a cd or usb stick. What do I do?