64-bit central processing unit is one that can support a
higher amount of system resources than a 32-bit counterpart.
It has the ability to both recognize and use more amounts of
available system memory to go along with its faster processing speeds.
If you want to install a 32-bit operating system on a
computer with a 64-bit processor, you can--but you won't be taking full
advantage of what your system has to offer you.
Place the installation disc for your 32-bit operating system in your computer's
This can be one that you've purchased, as in the case of
Microsoft's Windows operating system, or one that you've downloaded from the
Internet, in the case of the Linux operating system.
Shut down your computer. Once completely off, turn it back
Click "Next" to continue through your 32-bit
operating system's setup program.
You will be asked to read the "TOS," or terms of
This is important legal information that you should read in
detail, as it informs you of exactly what you're agreeing to by installing this
Specify any settings changes you want to make to the way
your operating system is installed.
From these screens you can also input
personal information into your operating system, such as your name or business
information, which will save you the trouble of having to do it later when you
Click "Install." The 32-bit operating system's
setup program will format your hard drive, erasing all data on it.
It will then place the necessary operating system files on
This can take an hour or more depending on the operating
system being used.
Once this process is finished, allow your computer to