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    operating system - much confusion!


    One of my machines is an Acer Aspire 5333 - this has at present a 32 bit win 10 installation. Processor is an Intel P4600.
    Having googled around I have conflicting results to say the laptop will not take a 64 O/S system, whereas other sources say it will.
    If I go to the laptop 'system' it says 32 bit o/s X64 based processor.
    When I start to install 64 bit from a USB - it stalls and says program not compatible with this Laptop.

    What am I missing here?
    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Skofab said: View Post
    Having googled around I have conflicting results to say the laptop will not take a 64 O/S system, whereas other sources say it will..
    According to Acer Support the Aspire 5333 was designed for Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit) and can officially be upgraded to Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit). So yes, it can take a 64 bit OS. The requirements for W10 x64 are not that different from W8 x64.

    Acer Product support - Aspire 5333

    How are you starting the install from the usb? To change from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS you have to do a clean install. Boot from the usb then select Custom install. Delete all existing partitions and install to the unallocated space thus created.
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    You might also like this article
    https://www.howtogeek.com/228042/how...it-windows-10/

    I also have a 64-bit capable computer with Windows 10 Pro 32-bit OS that was originally Windows 7.
    --- I've been thinking of moving up to 64-bit OS so now that's going onto my official project list.
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  4. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 1809 17763.55
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    Windows 8 X64 compatibility usually implies Windows 8.1 X64 compatibility, which I think guarantees Win 10 X64 compatibility.

    There are rare exceptions: https://www.pcworld.com/article/2058...windows-8.html

    I'm not certain, but I believe that this does not apply to the Celeron P4600 in the Acer.

    I don't suppose that you're trying something not allowed, like installing X64 as an upgrade over X86?
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    Thanks everyone for coming back. I am extremely embarrassed to say that I picked up the wrong hard disk - rather than a blank disk, I inserted a HDD with a OS already installed on it (32 bit Windows 10).
    When blank HDD fitted off we went with no problems.
    Sorry to be a time waster on this occasion.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Time not wasted, you've demonstrated the need for a blank disk when doing a clean install. The Custom install deleting all existing partitions would almost certainly have worked too. But at least you have conclusively proved that this PC can run W10
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #7

    bobkn said: View Post
    I don't suppose that you're trying something not allowed, like installing X64 as an upgrade over X86?
    This is not true you can upgrade From 32 bit to 64 and not have to get a new license.

    I have an old (~10 year) Compaq Presario computer that I have switched from 32 bit to 64 and also went back to 32 bit after a while.
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Digital Life said: View Post
    I don't suppose that you're trying something not allowed, like installing X64 as an upgrade over X86?
    This is not true you can upgrade From 32 bit to 64 and not have to get a new license. I have an old (~10 year) Compaq Presario computer that I have switched from 32 bit to 64 and also went back to 32 bit after a while.
    No, it is quite true. You cannot upgrade an installed 32-bit OS to 64-bit. You don't need a new licence, the one licence is valid for both 32 and 64, but you DO have to do a clean install each time you want to change the 'bits' of the OS.
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  9. Posts : 689
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Bree said: View Post
    No, it is quite true. You cannot upgrade an installed 32-bit OS to 64-bit. You don't need a new license, the one license is valid for both 32 and 64, but you DO have to do a clean install each time you want to change the 'bits' of the OS.
    I misread what he was trying to say then, Somehow I thought he meant it was illegal to do it.
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  10. Mr Bee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Just to be clear, if using a 32 bit OS machine, it is better to use it as so as the computations take less time. Moving to a 64bit machine is yes more reliable but the machine has to use more memory. So if your watching a lot of video the 32bit will be cooler.

    Pros
    32bit: Video speed, faster computational speed.
    64bit: More accurate computations. Stability.

    Cons:
    32bit: Less accurate and takes more time to give an answer. Less stable,
    64bit: Needs more memory

    So if you have a 32bit you can easily watch 4k streaming TV with 2 Gigabytes of memory. With 64Bit you may actually need more than 4gigabytes to enjoy 4k streaming.
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