Question on 64 bit tech!

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  1. Repentinus

    Repentinus New Member

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    I'm looking into a new system but before I do there's some confusion I have about 64bit technology and compatability.

    Can you have a 64bit processor operate a 32bit OS (Windows XP)?

    Can a 64bit OS operate using a 32bit processor?

    Is Windows Vista going to be a 32bit or 64bit OS?

    Is the new Intel Conroe processors 64bit processors?

    Are games and apps dependent on whether or not you have a 64/32bit OS/Processor? For example if I have both a 64 OS and Processor will I be able to run all my games I still have?

    I've heard a lot of the new 64bit processors are backwards compatible with 32bit OS's. How would I know if this was true? Is the Conroe backwards compatible?
     
  2. Perkwunos

    Perkwunos Dog Bones OT Supporter

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  3. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The PC market would go ass-over-teakettle if the new processors weren't compatible with old programs. Apple was able to get away with that -- ONCE -- because people who buy Apples usually have enough money to just replace whatever programs they have, or else they keep their old computers around to run their old programs.
     
  4. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Just look at intel. A few years back they released a 64 bit chip that wasn't backwards compatible and it didn't sell well at all. Backwards compatibility is very important and companies know this.
     

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