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What Does x64 and x86 Mean?

Discussion in 'Site & Server Administration' 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?
     
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    gobbly2100, Jan 26, 2008 IP
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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
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    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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    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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    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
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    Those are instruction set bit sizes in a typical binary language.

    x86 programs folder in 64 bit OS means the applications under that folder were built for a 32 bit compatibility but are also usable under 64 bit OS and so are installed in a separate directory
     
    ~CB~, Mar 21, 2015 IP
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    64-bit means compatible with x64(64-bit) programs, as well as x86(32-bit) programs. 64bit OS are not compatible with 16bit programs, but some 32bit OS are.

    Also, 64bit stuff takes up a lot more space. 5-20%. 64bit also allows for over 4gb RAM, as well as speed improvements.
     
    Kade Washington, Mar 22, 2015 IP
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    Omg u came back after 7 years for this answer lol
     
    INDIAN123, Mar 25, 2015 IP
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    After 7 years, the definition of x64 in the world has changed. It used to mean driver hell, but now it has become the next 32-bit.
     
    Kade Washington, Mar 26, 2015 IP
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    This is thread is a true phenomenon. The question was asked in 2008, the best answer comes from 2013 and in 2015 people are still discussing it. Not to mention the fact that according to Popular Threads Right Now, it has had over a million views.
     
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    Latest Laptops with pre-installed Windows are usually x64 i.e 64 Bit
    Old Desktops and Laptops could be having Windows x86 which means 32 bit.

    Windows XP was 32 bit, Windows Vista, and latest windows are also offering both 32 Bit and 64 bit installation options.
     
    mascot, Jun 15, 2015 IP