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Window 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform

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Hello Forum,

Can you install and use Windows 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform desktop? My dilemma is that I have a 64-bit platform laptop (2 years old) and a 32-bit platform desktop (a Dell Dimension XPS 420, 5 years old).

Thank you in advance.

BHN54 

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Philip_Yip
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You should be able to clean install Windows 8 64 Bit on the Desktop.

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rdunnill
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Hello Forum,

Can you install and use Windows 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform desktop? My dilemma is that I have a 64-bit platform laptop (2 years old) and a 32-bit platform desktop (a Dell Dimension XPS 420, 5 years old).

The Windows 8 installers I've used automatically choose which version to install, depending on the target machine's capabilities. Do you have a reason why you don't want to install 64-bit Windows on either of these machines?

Apparently full versions of Windows 8 will come with both 32- and 64-bit versions, so the option is available if you need it.

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Philip_Yip
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You should be able to clean install Windows 8 64 Bit on the Desktop.

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

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rdunnill
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RE: Window 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform

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Hello Forum,

Can you install and use Windows 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform desktop? My dilemma is that I have a 64-bit platform laptop (2 years old) and a 32-bit platform desktop (a Dell Dimension XPS 420, 5 years old).

The Windows 8 installers I've used automatically choose which version to install, depending on the target machine's capabilities. Do you have a reason why you don't want to install 64-bit Windows on either of these machines?

Apparently full versions of Windows 8 will come with both 32- and 64-bit versions, so the option is available if you need it.

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BHN54
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RE: Window 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform

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Thanks Natukuc4.  This is good to know.  I wasn't sure if I could install W8 64-bit on a 32-bit bit platform.

BHN54

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BHN54
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Rd,

I prefer to use W8 64-bit, but was unsure about being able to install W8 64-bit on a 32-bit platform. Thanks for your response.

BHN54

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RoHe
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RE: Window 8 32-bit on a 64-bit platform

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Hang on a nanosec. Your desktop may be running a 32-bit OS, but it apparently has a 64-bit processor since Dell supports Vista 64-bit on the XPS 420. If it had a 32-bit processor, you could NOT install any 64-bit OS. emoticon.Wink.title

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rdunnill
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Rd,

I prefer to use W8 64-bit, but was unsure about being able to install W8 64-bit on a 32-bit platform. Thanks for your response.

I suggest getting an $85 Win 8 Pro upgrade from Amazon while they're still available at that price. In less than two weeks, a free upgrade to 8.1 will be available.

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