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#1 10 years ago

I just bought a Dell computer online today and I was wondering if this:

Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor E6550 is a 32bit Vista processor. Sorry if that doesn't make sense, but I'm a total n00b at computers.

This is my Vista: Pre-Loaded Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium OEM Version Most of the games I have now only run on 32bit Vista.




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#2 10 years ago

*cough* Google *cough* It vary's, you can get them in 32bit and 64bit. Atleast, thats what Google tells me, either that, or it is 64bit, which means it'll run 32bit.

If it is 64bit, and you install a 32bit OS, it'll run at 32bit, and vice versa




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#3 10 years ago

64 bit processors will generally run 32 bit applications, although there are the rare exceptions usually for things like specialist machines. If they didn't no-one would ever buy the things.




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#4 10 years ago

Ahh, thanks you two. I did google the processor, but like I said, I'm a complete n00b.




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#5 10 years ago

All Core 2 Processors are a 64-bit processors. But like Pilla said a 64-bit processor will run 32-bit when that's the type of OS installed.

The difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is really weird as even if you have a 64-bit OS installed, the processor will still only run in 32-bit unless you have 64-bit enabled programs. Etc.




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#6 10 years ago

It just hasn't been fully exploited yet. There's still a lot of people out there on 32 bit processors.




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#7 10 years ago
Nemmerle;4194779It just hasn't been fully exploited yet. There's still a lot of people out there on 32 bit processors.

If they haven't upgraded their computer in 4 years. Otherwise, most of us just run in 32-bit application.




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#8 10 years ago

Any mainstream CPU designed in the last few years will almost certainly be 64-bit capable. However, 90% of all 64-bit machines out there are still running in 32-bit legacy mode. There just isn't a big enough reason for people to switch over to a 64-bit operating system yet.




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#9 10 years ago
Tim_kotfI just bought a Dell computer online today and I was wondering if this: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor E6550 is a 32bit Vista processor. Sorry if that doesn't make sense, but I'm a total n00b at computers.

Just to clear something up, there is no "Vista processor". The E6550, like the rest of the Core 2 line is 64bit as stated above. The later pentium 4 6xx series along with the Pentium D's are all 64bit, as are all AMD's since the original Athlon 64. You could run either Vista 32bit or 64bit on your computer, its capable of both, but 32bit like you have is more recommended at the moment just because of compatibility reasons and better support. The only real advantange is the support for massive amounts of RAM, which almost nobody needs yet.

If they haven't upgraded their computer in 4 years.

Alot of people don't. Not everybody upgrades like people here in the tech discussion do. ;)




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#10 10 years ago

Yes, and those people who haven't usually don't know the difference.