How do I get 32-bit drivers for an old PC?

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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    RK1997 said:
    My brother uses the 2nd PC I have in my profile. It's on Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. He wants to have Windows 10 on it. Considering it has 3GB of RAM, I want to install 32-bit variant of Windows 10 in it. I know the key will work for 32-bit. Where can I get the drivers from considering the BIOS wasn't flashed properly by the service centre and model name being Reserved doesn't allow OEM stuffs to get installed? I never installed 32-bit OS anywhere before.


    Hi there
    @RK1997

    I think that's BAD ADVICE -- a 64 bit capable CPU will run W10 easily on 3GB RAM -- also by having a higher than 4GB address space (max in 32 bit OS) the system can make use of a lot more "Virtual storage and paging" even if physical RAM not available and that's usually fine unless running bonkersly large applications and loads concurrently-- especially if you install an SSD --that's a much better idea than 32 bit OS on 64 bit capable machine.

    The other issue is that on a 64 Bit processor the Windows 32 bit instructions have to be "Translated" in the CPU with the result that some machine instructions (at the processor micro code level) can take MUCH LONGER to execute.

    So STICK with 64 Bit OS and fit SSD. !!!

    Also have a look in the thread on Running W10 on really old hardware !! -- in any case with 64 bit stuff your driver issues are solved.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. RK1997's Avatar
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       #12

    jimbo, I might install 64-bit after putting SSD and 4GB RAM.
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    RK1997 said:
    jimbo, I might install 64-bit after putting SSD and 4GB RAM.

    @RK1997

    Much better solution --ALL WAYS ROUND -- even slow DDR2 RAM (if you can even find it any more) --depends on how old the PC is of course -- the SSD though will make a HUGE improvement.

    (I love some of that Indian food when in England --even though most of the actual workers in the kitchens are actually Bangladeshi !!! --the menu is though genuine Indian) !!!

    Best Indian restaurants on the planet are around Heathrow airport -- Hayes, Harlington,Hounslow, Slough etc !!! on the way to London.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    jimbo45 said:
    @RK1997

    Much better solution --ALL WAYS ROUND -- even slow DDR2 RAM (if you can even find it any more) --depends on how old the PC is of course -- the SSD though will make a HUGE improvement.

    (I love some of that Indian food when in England --even though most of the actual workers in the kitchens are actually Bangladeshi !!! --the menu is though genuine Indian) !!!

    Best Indian restaurants on the planet are around Heathrow airport -- Hayes, Harlington,Hounslow, Slough etc !!! on the way to London.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    One of my in-game guildmates from America went to Bahrain last week for some work. He says most of the people are Indian there. He even enjoyed some of the Indian foods.
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  5. jimbo45's Avatar
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    RK1997 said:
    One of my in-game guildmates from America went to Bahrain last week for some work. He says most of the people are Indian there. He even enjoyed some of the Indian foods.
    Hi there

    @RK1997
    we even have a couple of "Curry Nights" a week in Central Reykjavik --I 'm used to the weather here of course but those few people from there who've made it this far north seem to be surviving and fitting in to the local scene --although hearing an Indian trying to struggle with Icelandic !! --at least they try --we put them out of their misery by usually reverting to English. !!! And when the Cricket is On --then they come into their own -- who up here knows anything about the game but people love the IPL league and 20/20 !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. RK1997's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    although hearing an Indian trying to struggle with Icelandic !! --at least they try --we put them out of their misery buy reverting to English. !!!
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