differences between x64 & x86

Discussion in 'Questions and Answers' started by rose mitchelle, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. rose mitchelle

    rose mitchelle New Member

    Apr 26, 2016

    This is nina. I have some problems to ask you.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?
  2. Licensecart

    Licensecart Active Member

    May 22, 2013
    x64 is 64 bit x86  is 32 bit. The best and modern computers support 64 bits.

    On computers that folder is used for apps wasn't built in 64bit I believe, since 64 bit computers support both 32 bit and 64 bit software but 32 bit computers can only run 32 bit software.
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  3. cristipuc

    cristipuc New Member

    Apr 23, 2016
    You can find this answer very easy on google :

    The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.
  4. waqasskhalid

    waqasskhalid Member

    Jun 20, 2015
    I would just like to clarify further 32 bit and 64 bit are processor's technology. The later one is latest and supports ram more than 4 GB. Likewise for 64 Bit processor you can have 64 Bit based operating system (Like Vista you mentioned) and applications. As 64 Bit is backward compatible so you can install 32 bit applications on your 64 bit os and that's why you have two program files folder under you OS.
  5. Hostfinch

    Hostfinch New Member

    Jun 4, 2018
    It is actually processor architecture or design type 32 bit or 64 bit and it is actually performance speed.
    64 bit is faster than 32 bit.
    Based on this hardware 64 bit or 32 bit type OS and software will be installed as per requirement.
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  6. Wiredphase

    Wiredphase New Member

    Aug 30, 2018
    It usually refers to x86 for 32 bit OS and x64 for system with 64 bit.
    The 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.
  7. ServersBase

    ServersBase New Member

    Apr 1, 2019
    The 86x and 64x are OS bit technologies. 64 bit computers support both 32 bit and 64 bit software but 32 bit computers can only run 32 bit software.