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I have Microsoft Windows XP Pro XP 32-bit version as my OS, can I upgrade to the Windows XP Pro x64 version for free a long as my motherboard supports it? I heard it was free to upgrade, but wasn't sure. If so, what would be the benefit to upgrade, or should I even do so? I do work with creating video and graphics. I thought that it may improve the overall speed.

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Im on 64-bit but didnt get any inprovement with my everyday computing
gave me headache instead with regards to drivers and hardware support.

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You can as long as your processor can support it


no benefit:

>as most applications are written for 32-bit windows

>speed - see above


switching to Mac is highly recommended for your line of work.
it's 64-bit packaged in one headache free box.

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Some application may not work after you upgrade to Windows 64 .

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    Ginko Dec 18, 2008

    To start, if you have Windows XP 32 you can upgrade to Windows XP 64, but that is not free, you need to buy a new licence.

    The upgrade can be done only if your cpu supports xp 64.
    Then the upgrade will create more troubles than benefits, applications must be reinstalled, if you have to upgrade, upgrade to Vista 64.


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    Ginko Dec 18, 2008

    To know if you can upgrade you must check CPU and RAM, not all CPU are compatible, they must be 64 bit processors, and RAM must be 4 GB, or the computer wont move.

    The upgrade is not free.


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No it won't convert from 32 bit to 64bit. Even if you have a decent MB, it's not compatable, 32 needs 32. You could reinstall or partition your hard drive, but I really don't advise that you go with the 64 bit. it takes more resources.

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No. If you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 32-bit version of Windows. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to another 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
For detailed information about installing and upgrading 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, go to Installation choices for Windows Vista (32-bit) or Installation choices for Windows Vista (64-bit) online.
If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, back up your files and perform a clean installation of the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.

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