I have a 64-bit capable PC but to date I've only ever installed 32-bit versions of Windows. If I create a new bootable partition can I have a 64-bit W10 installation running there? (My guess is "yes" but I thought I'd check)
Computer Type PC/Desktop System Manufacturer/Model Number Lenovo IdeaCenter K450 OS Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.105 CPU Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz Memory 16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Sound Card Realtek HD Audio; ?; ? Monitor(s) Displays HP h2207 with KVMS Screen Resolution 1280x800
Hard Drives 250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA-2 Internet Speed 6MB Up, 50MB Down Browser Seamonkey; Internet Explorer Antivirus Windows Defender; MBAM Pro, MBAE Free, MBARW
Providing you have the VT enabled in the BIOS (most machines do these days) you can try running a 64 Bit GUEST as a VM -- VMWARE CAN run 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts. (Test the VM with 2 GB RAM - it will work - I've had W8 and W10 VM's on 2 GB RAM while testing).
I've had a W7 Enterprise x-64 bit guest running on XP Host when I was testing W7 a few years ago. (Time flies - was it that long ago !!).
A VM is an excellent way of testing a new OS and you also learn about Virtual Machines too. Then if you like the OS you can then decide to install it on your PHYSICAL machine.
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