64 bit windows on a 32 bit computer

jwise779

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Hello I recently switched a harddrive from one computer with 64 bit windows and placed it in a 32 bit computer. The windows load up ok, with some minor driver issue here there. I want to know if this is safe. Would my CPU eventually burn out or something.
 

USAFRet

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The OS that lived on the old hard drive does not limit the PC to be 32bit. The motherboard and CPU will recognize a 64bit OS just fine.

And you got lucky with the HDD + OS swap. Often, that does not work.
 

jwise779

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the computer that currently hold the harddrive had a previous 32 bit windows harddrive. Thats what i mean. I bought this computer within the last 10 years. I apologize for the misunderstanding.
 

USAFRet

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The OS that lived on the old hard drive does not limit the PC to be 32bit. The motherboard and CPU will recognize a 64bit OS just fine.

And you got lucky with the HDD + OS swap. Often, that does not work.
 

jwise779

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Thank you USAFRet for the answer, that helps a lot. I just got a lot of softwares and drivers to fix. A few errors here and there.
 

USAFRet

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Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Anyone who claims 100% either way has not tried it enough times, or doesn't read enough in here.

"Sometimes" is the only operative word..
 
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