Windows 10: My computer is 32 bit when it's supposed to be 64 bit

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  1.    05 Nov 2015 #1

    My computer is 32 bit when it's supposed to be 64 bit


    In the About page under Settings, the system type says: 32-bit operating system, 64x-based processor. I tried looking this up but not many solutions worked, how can I fix this?
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  2.    05 Nov 2015 #2

    Apparently a 32 bit OS was installed.
    Most computers built in recent years are 32 bit capable but are running a 32 bit OS. An OS does not become 64 bit merely because it is running on a 64 bit capable computer.

    There is nothing here that appears unusual or that would indicate a problem. Many tablets have specifications that make a 32 bit OS a better choice than 64 bit. A computer with less than 4 GB RAM is probably better off with a 32 bit OS.
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  3.    05 Nov 2015 #3

    The install media used to install Windows was 32 bit. To get to 64bit Windows, you will need to get a copy of 64bit of Windows and reinstall the operating system. Unfortunately, you cannot "upgrade" 32bit to 64bit, without having to wipe it clean and start over.
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  4.    05 Nov 2015 #4

    pparks1 said: View Post
    The install media used to install Windows was 32 bit. To get to 64bit Windows, you will need to get a copy of 64bit of Windows and reinstall the operating system. Unfortunately, you cannot "upgrade" 32bit to 64bit, without having to wipe it clean and start over.
    Okay, I can live with that. How do I do it?
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  5.    05 Nov 2015 #5

    Toxiconym said: View Post
    In the About page under Settings, the system type says: 32-bit operating system, 64x-based processor. I tried looking this up but not many solutions worked, how can I fix this?
    What are your system specs? Your profile says it's a tablet, so I assume that you probably only have 1 or 2GB of memory. If that's the case, you're better off with a 32bit OS as it uses less memory than a 64 bit one does. It also uses less disk space, which can be a premium on a tablet.
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  6.    05 Nov 2015 #6

    Here is the link to the official Microsoft Media Creation Tool
    Windows 10

    And yes, if you are on a tablet, or have less than 4GB of RAM, stay on 32bit.
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  7.    05 Nov 2015 #7

    Mystere said: View Post
    What are your system specs? Your profile says it's a tablet, so I assume that you probably only have 1 or 2GB of memory. If that's the case, you're better off with a 32bit OS as it uses less memory than a 64 bit one does. It also uses less disk space, which can be a premium on a tablet.
    Nah its not a tablet. That's kinda weird. It's 8gb ram, AMD A6-4455M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 2.1 GHz. Uses windows 10 home.
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  8.    05 Nov 2015 #8

    Toxiconym said: View Post
    Nah its not a tablet. That's kinda weird. It's 8gb ram, AMD A6-4455M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 2.1 GHz. Uses windows 10 home.
    Well, you should update your system specs then in your profile.

    If you have 8GB, then you should have noticed a long time ago that you were only being allocated 4GB of memory.
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  9.    05 Nov 2015 #9

    Mystere said: View Post
    What are your system specs? Your profile says it's a tablet, so I assume that you probably only have 1 or 2GB of memory. If that's the case, you're better off with a 32bit OS as it uses less memory than a 64 bit one does. It also uses less disk space, which can be a premium on a tablet.
    Mystere said: View Post
    Well, you should update your system specs then in your profile.

    If you have 8GB, then you should have noticed a long time ago that you were only being allocated 4GB of memory.
    Yes, I know that, which is why I'm trying to fix this.
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  10.    05 Nov 2015 #10

    Toxiconym said: View Post
    Okay, I can live with that. How do I do it?
    Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums

    Short version: you need to create a bootable USB flash druve or DVD with the 64 bit installer on it. Boot the PC from that, and clean install Win 10.

    My personal practice would be to get the Windows 10 ISO and create a bootable USB drive from that using DISKPART. It's easy but not without risks: a little carelessness and you'd wipe one of your HDs rather than the flash drive you're trying to prepare.
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