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What Does x64 and x86 Mean?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gobbly2100, Jan 26, 2008.

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    Hey,

    What does the x64 and x86 part mean with operating systems?

    I thought it was for how many bit the OS is so Vista would be x64 for example but I have a folder for x86 programs but what is that?
    gobbly2100, Jan 26, 2008 IP
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    cybercoder666 Peon

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    x64 is 64 bit platform while x86 is 32bit platform.

    Not all the programs are 64 bit. Those which are 32 bit softwares, Vista put them in x86 programs folder. :)
    cybercoder666, Jan 26, 2008 IP
  3. Abhik

    Abhik ..:: The ONE ::..

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    x86 means 32 bit OS .. like Windows Xp and x64 means 64 bit OS, like windows Vista.
    Abhik, Jan 26, 2008 IP
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    ScroLun Active Member

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    I don't understand why its like this but x86 stands for 32 bits. If you have a 64 bit OS the system will create a 32 bit folder for the programs that can only run on 32 bits.
    ScroLun, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    64 bit computers can run both 32bit programs and 64 bit programs. 32 bit computers cannot run 64 bit programs, because the bit sizes are fundamentally different
    guo9810, Apr 16, 2013 IP
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    smithrick Well-Known Member

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    x86 = 32bit
    x64 = 64bit

    As the x86 term became common after the introduction of the 80386, it usually implies a binary compatibility with the 32-bit instruction set of the 80386. This may sometimes be emphasized as x86-32 to distinguish it either from the original 16-bit x86-16 or from the newer 64-bit x86-64 (also called x64). Although most x86-processors used in new personal computers and servers have 64-bit capabilities, to avoid compatibility problems with older computers or systems, the term x86-64 is often used to denote 64-bit software, with the term x86 implying only 32-bit.

    Go with the 32bit... It has more compatible drivers and support. Unless you are going to be doing 3D Rendering, Video Editing, or RAW Files in Photoshop, 64bit OSs aren't worth the trouble.
    smithrick, Apr 17, 2013 IP
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    x86 Stands for 32 bit OS and x64 Stands for system with 64 bit
    akhileshyadav, May 1, 2013 IP