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nStuff

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Okay, so my laptop has the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 Processor, and when I looked it up on the Intel website and it said that the T4200 uses a 64-bit instruction set. So does that mean that my laptop's processor is a 64-bit processor? Because if it is then would it be boost system performance if I used a 64-bit OS instead of a 32-bit, even though I only have 3 Gigs of RAM in my laptop? And does this mean that I can run 64-bit programs even if I'm using a 32-bit OS? Thanks in advance. (Just as a side note, I roughly 70% sure that the instruction set refers to the processor's architecture, but I just want to make sure.)

Edited by nStuff, 26 October 2011 - 07:28 AM.

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To check if your system is capable of running 64-bit use the Windows upgrade adviser; http://windows.micro.../upgradeadvisor

Okay, so my laptop has the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200 Processor, and when I looked it up on the Intel website and it said that the T4200 uses a 64-bit instruction set. So does that mean that my laptop's processor is a 64-bit processor?

Yes your CPU supports 64-bit see http://www.notebookc...or.24834.0.html and http://www.cpu-world...77GG0411MA.html for detailed specs.

Because if it is then would it be boost system performance if I used a 64-bit OS instead of a 32-bit, even though I only have 3 Gigs of RAM in my laptop?

To get the maximum performance from a 64-bit OS 8GB of Ram is best, for more information on Ram limitations for the various versions of Windows google Memory Limits for Windows Releases

And does this mean that I can run 64-bit programs even if I'm using a 32-bit OS?

Some may run but not efficiently or stably also be aware that some older software may not run at all whether it is a 64-bit capable CPU and 32-bit software or not so check that all software is capable or not.
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