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so you do not know what type and kind of computer you bought , that had XP installed to it .
nor do you know if you have been using the 32 bit xp or the 64 bit xp
that means you do not know what you bought
what did the xp boot screen say?
--- 32 bit ---
windows Home ? ( or Windows XP Starter Edition) ?
windows Professional ?
Windows XP Media Center Edition ?
--- 64 bit ----
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition?
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition?
what is on that xp reinstall cd you got when you bought this computer ?
and just how old is it ?
as in is it from 2001 ?
or from 2007 as a "Vista ready" computer
How much ram dose this computer have ?
if it is from 2001
it might have 256 meg of ram
if it is from 2007 and a "vista ready" it might have 1 gig ram
1st: if it has 1 cpu, it is most probably 32bit, if it has more, it is most probably 64bit.
i said "most probably" so please don't quote me on that.
2nd: a 32bit linux will run on a 64bit machine
3rd: just try the 64bit install. if it boots, jackpot! tadaa, you have a 64bit machine.
of course you can also try to get proof on the interwebz first.
Distribution: Here's a clue: When you slack, you never go back
Originally Posted by paul456
I am a Windows XP "refugee" and I am late... Before downloading Linux Mint I have a choice of either 32-bit or 64-bit CPU. How on earth I can tell what is my system CPU?
Paul the Canadian
Burn a cd/dvd and let it boot. Open a terminal and type
If your CPU is 64 bit, I recommend using a 64 bit distro to take advantage of performance and to use higher system memory of 4GB or more. 64 bit distros have gotten better over time and more packages are being ported to use 64 bit systems.
Before downloading a whole installation medium or live-CD just to check the CPU type it would be much easier and less time consuming to install a free version of tools like Aida32 and install it on Windows to have a look at the hardware information.