In these past days, I have searched the web for all the information I need to upgrade from Windows XP Professional 32 bit to Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.
Let me first start with my computer details:
Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL
CPU: Intel® Core2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz
Service Pack: 3
RAM: 2 GB (2*1 GB)
Things I have done so far:
I ran the Microsoft Upgrade Adviser and all of my hardware supports the 64 bit but my RAM. So...
I understood that the 64 bit edition needs 4 GB of RAM since it processes large amounts of RAM's smoother. According to this website the max RAM that my motherboard supports is 4096 MB which I assume is 4 GB. If this is the case, all I need to do is to by two sticks of RAM, each DDR2-800 2 GB (I am aiming for the Kingston ones). Am I making the right assumption?
Now on the Windows 7 itself.
As I said before, I'd like to upgrade to the Windows 7 64 bit Professional Edition. But the thing is that I don't know which exactly to buy. Should I buy the Upgrade version or should I buy the full version (is the latter the same as the "retail" version?). Aside from that, I saw many have the "EOM" tag on them, what does this mean and is it something I should involve myself with?
I know that whatever I choose, I need to do a clean install. That is no problem at all since XP doesn't support the way that you upgrade it while having the Vista OS installed.
Another small question is relating to the PSU. Having Windows 7 and these two larger RAM's, will the strain on the PSU be bigger?
I think these are my questions for now. I will really appreciate it if someone can help me with these questions. Thank you in advance.