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Hello, i have amd athlon 3.0 ghz 2gb system. i want to install windows 7 64 bit. and i llike gaming too.... i have nvidia gforce 9400gt 1gb. 1) so can i add more ram virtually for 64 bit??? 2) will all my earlier softwares, 32 bit ones, work on 64 bit??? 3) will my printer and other drivers work in 64 bit??? i'm bit confused..pls help... thanks in advance... :)

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Hi - first of all, your AMD Athlon needs to be a 64 bit (or "x64") processor to run any 64 bit OS such as Windows 7 x64.

An AMD "Athlon 64" or (AMD Opteron) processor (CPU) either single core or multiple core (x2, x4, etc.) is required (Intel and others make 64 bit processor, too). If yours is is a 32 bit (or "x86") CPU, it will not run any 64 bit OS.

Most motherboards (M/B) that were built for 32 bit CPUs will not support the newer 64 bit CPUs. So, you'd probably have to buy a new M/B and a new CPU. AMD socket AM2+, AM3 & AM3+ types are the newer types out. It only gets more expensive.. the newer M/B usually have different memory requirements - that prevent you from bringing your old RAM to the new M/B. Next, is your video card. It may be fine for your current set up, but it will be a bottleneck for the new OS and games - especially if they need DirectX 11. Of course, you won't have to upgrade it right away - but it will be on your list real quick if a program you want needs it to display great graphics. All your hardware will NEED x64 drivers to work in an x64 OS. Any not supported with x64 drivers will be rendered unusable.

As you can see, you're in for a costly upgrade. A 64 bit OS is good if you 1) have applications that require it, 2) work with HUGE files like .tif in photo editing programs 3) need more than 3.25 - 3.5GB of RAM as that is the maximum available for application use in an x86 OS.

I hope this was of some help and good luck!

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If you have windows already installed you can use the upgrade advisor and that will tell you what programs will be affected http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx

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