32 bit on 64 bit processor

By tonylukac
Dec 11, 2008
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  1. I'm building a computer with an asus p5kpl-cm motherboard and an intel pentium dual core processor e5200 socket lga775. Is it true that I can simply install and run a 32 bit windows vista on this 64 bit capable processor and motherboard without changing any keywords? Something I found on an intel blog says it detects this automatically. If I must change a keyword (in the bios, etc.), which one? Thanks.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes you can run 32Bit software on 64Bit Architecture

    Bios just needs to be set to defaults, if any issue arises
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 822   +19

    Thank you

    Thank you very much for the quick response. Want to use 32 bit windows because much still isnt compatible with 64 bit.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    32 Bit Xp is preferred over 64 Bit Xp
    But
    64 Bit Vista is preferred over 32 Bit Vista

    ie I would have gone 64Bit Vista
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Yeah, I agree with Kimsland. 64-bit Vista is quite excellent. Probably the best Windows you can get right now, in my opinion anyway. I mean, XP 32 is good, but it has the pesky RAM limit, the lack of DX10, and support ends in April 2009 (unless it got extended?).
  6. tastegw

    tastegw TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

    i second this.

    if you plan on having that computer for a lil while. the 32bit os will bite you in the *** in a few years perhaps. with the ram limitations.
  7. CombinationZero

    CombinationZero Newcomer, in training Posts: 40

    However 64bit systems have compatibility issues with some programs so this would only make it ideal for some people and annoying for others such as gamers.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.
  8. tastegw

    tastegw TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246

    the only problem i encountered was when vista first came out, and some of the more java/flash rich websites didnt or could not display correctly.
  9. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    There are a few problems around, yes. Some older games don't work too well on 64 bit, although from what I've seen, its actually usually just the installer for the game that doesn't work. Aka, you can install the game on a 32 bit OS, then copy the game folder over to the 64 bit machine and it works.

    Other than that, I haven't run into anything that works on XP 32 that doesn't work on Vista 64.
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