Windows 10: Installing x64 from x86, CPU supports it, not sure all hardware will?


  1. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
       05 Jun 2016 #1

    Installing x64 from x86, CPU supports it, not sure all hardware will?


    As you can see on my stats for this old rig, I was wondering if I should install Windows 10 64 Bit? I currently am running on Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit, version 1511, build 10586.318. The PC is 10 years old, originally an XP SP3 Machine, went to Windows 7 directly, then partioned the HDD, and kept Windows 7, on the other side, installed Windows 8.1 Pro and now 10 Pro. So the partition has Windows 7 32 bit/ Windows 10 Pro 32 bit.

    My CPU is an old Intel Pentium D (920 Presler) @ 2.8 GHz (2 Core). Intel MoBo WT975.
    GPU is Nvidia GT 9400 with Driver 341 (latest drivers for Windows 10)
    I'll insert some CPU Info - and let you decide... (Keep in mind, this PC works pretty darn good right now)

    Should I leave well enough alone - Don't fix what is not broken?

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  2. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
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       05 Jun 2016 #2

    Forgot this image:

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    Windows 10 Pro / Windows 7 Ultimate
       05 Jun 2016 #3

    While your hardware looks like it can install the 64-bit OS, you're only running 4GB of RAM, so any performance gains would be marginal, if any. I'd say don't fix what isn't broken, and keep your current setup.
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  4. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
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       05 Jun 2016 #4

    darrentx said: View Post
    While your hardware looks like it can install the 64-bit OS, you're only running 4GB of RAM, so any performance gains would be marginal, if any. I'd say don't fix what isn't broken, and keep your current setup.
    I guess that is pretty much what I thought. Leave all that is well , well. Plus it is DDR2 RAM, not much speed. I can upgrade this with an SSD and 8 GB of DDR2 677 MHz's though, that might be worth a try, with a cheaper upgrade on the graphics card, a GT 9800? That just about 150 bucks. She loads fast now, and fast web browsing, videos are steady. Maybe I'll give it a go, I can always un-install, worth a 100 - 150 bucks I guess just to see... Thanks though, I probably won't... :-)
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  5. Posts : 1,835
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       05 Jun 2016 #5

    I run two laptop with similar specs, CPU, graphic's and 4GB Memory - No Issue...
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  6. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
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       05 Jun 2016 #6

    Kyhi said: View Post
    I run two laptop with similar specs, CPU, graphic's and 4GB Memory - No Issue...
    I guess then it could be worth a try. I can always uninstall and do another clean install of 32 Bit if 64 Bit isn't compatible. I am more concerned about all my hardware, things like Wireless card, Ethernet, graphics, audio, data fax (yea, I still use that sometimes for work), and everything else that would need new drivers. Some manufacture's don't support the 64 Bit drivers anymore on mine, being it is outdated. I know the CPU supports it, EM64T.
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       05 Jun 2016 #7

    No driver issue either - windows had or updated them all...
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  8.    05 Jun 2016 #8

    I think that the D 920 would be OK with X64.

    There are some obscure requirements for X64, like supporting CMPXCHG16b. I believe that the D 920 has them all.

    There's nothing wrong with DDR2, except that it may be much more expensive than DDR3.

    I have an old (2008) laptop with an AMD Athlon X2 CPU on an nVidia chipset motherboard. It runs Win 10 X64 fine.

    For an updated graphics card, maybe an nVidia 750 ti based one. Needs no PCI-E aux power cable.
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  9. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
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       13 Jul 2016 #9

    I'm gonna give it a try this coming weekend, I see the processor does support 64 bit, it is worth a shot. I can get an extra 4 GB of DDR2 for about 80 bucks. You are correct, why in the heck is DDR2 more expensive than DDR3? Crazy! I did buy a Nvidia 730 GT, made by MSI, with GDDR5, it really took the load off that old processor and speed up the whole system, thanks for the advice. I couldn't say no to $20 bucks on Amazon, new, and believe me, they sold out quick! I couldn't find the 750 Ti. Amazing though, how incredibly faster that graphics card made the PC, it really takes a huge load off the CPU. And as you say, no need for an aux power supply, perfect!
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  10. Posts : 83
    Win 10 Pro Version 1607 (Build 14393.187)
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       13 Jul 2016 #10

    Kyhi said: View Post
    No driver issue either - windows had or updated them all...
    Thanks Kyhi, I'm gonna try it soon, I'll let you know how it worked. Have 4 GB on there now, can add another 4 GB of DDR2, should help speed programs, maybe worth the extra few bucks. I didn't realize PAE Patch Extensions were illegal for Windows 10 32 bit. Best to try 64 bit and see if I can get the most out of what I have, considering she works pretty well now, wouldn't mind better! :-)
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