Although the OP probably does not have any 64 bit user applications
installed he will get the benefit of the OS itself being a 64 bit program
means that the new 64 bit instructions which combine the contents of 2 32
bit instructions can execute in one machine cycle instead of 2 machine
cycles using a 32 bit OS.
Also the OP would get the benefit of moving blocks of data 64 bits per
machine cycle instead of 2 in the 64 bit OS uses has 64 bit registers
instead of 32 bit registers
"Mike Hall - MVP" <mikehall@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> People buying 64bit hardware with 32bit software installed are NOT being
> hoodwinked. They are getting the OS that is most likely to be compatible
> with hardware generally available for home/small office use.
> Unless you are having to run a 64bit mission critical application which
> requires more than 4gb RAM, there is presently little advantage to running
> a 64bit OS.
> You would be well advised to re-instate your 32bit OS by whatever means
> you have at your disposal..
> "ceestand" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> I am having trouble installing Windows Vista 64-bit on my Inspiron 531.
>> It shipped with Vista 32 bit. I couldn't install from inside the OS as
>> it was 32 bit.
>> I wiped the HD and tried booting with the 64 disk.
>> After the bios and RAID screens, it goes:
>> "windows is loading files..."
>> copyright microsoft corporation (with bar)
>> and then hangs and gives me BSOD with stop error 0x0000007E
>> I've read online that people have had the same problem. I don't think
>> all the Dell customers out there know they're getting a 32-bit system
>> (and most probably don't comprehend it).
>> What I'm wondering, is if I manage to install XP 64-bit, could it
>> possibly help by allowing me to install Vista over it?