September 2nd, 2011, 10:56 PM
x86-based or x64-based version, how can I tell?
My pc had to shutdown and restart while coming out of sleep mode (at least that is the message I received). This is the third or fourth same message I have received in as many weeks. It then advised me to click on a link where I may be able to download a fix for this problem. The link took me to:
I now have to choose a Windows program fix based on whether or not my operating system is:
a) All supported x86-based versions of Windows Vista or
b) All supported x64-based versions of Windows Vista.
Would someone please instruct me where and how I may find that information on my DELL Inspiron 9400 laptop please so that I can choose the correct one?
September 2nd, 2011, 11:49 PM
September 3rd, 2011, 12:29 AM
Midnyte, thanks for taking the time to post your reply. However I am unsure if you understood my question because I need to choose between two program fixes, one is for a x86-based version of Windows Vista and the other is for a x64-based versions of Windows Vista as per the link I supplied in my original post.
Your reply discusses questions related to the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows and does show me how to find which one my pc uses but I do not think it is related to my question (or is it???).
I know little about computers and that may explain why I fail to understand your reply. Could you shed some light on my dilemna please?
September 3rd, 2011, 12:42 AM
From Midknyte's Microsoft link:
To find out if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, do the following:
1.Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
2.Under System, you can view the system type.
If your computer is running Windows XP, do the following:
2.Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
•If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP.
•If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP.
September 3rd, 2011, 02:17 AM
Thanks for your post jdc2000 but I still do not understand how the information regarding a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows Vista relates to my question concerning how do I identify whether my pc uses the x86-based version of Windows Vista or the x64-based version.
Please pardon my ignorance of this subject but I need to choose between two Microsoft program fixes - one runs on the x86-based version of Windows Vista and the other on the x64-based version. How does knowing how to identify whether my pc operates on a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows Vista have anything to do with having to choose between a x86-based version or a x64-based version?
By the way, using the info you and Midknyte provided, I was able to determine that my pc uses the 32-bit version of Vista but I still do not know which program fix to choose - the x86-based or x64-based version version of Vista. Do you know which one?
September 3rd, 2011, 02:24 AM
September 3rd, 2011, 05:55 AM
x86 = 32-bit
x64 = 64-bit
September 3rd, 2011, 09:34 AM
Click the Start orb, right-click Computer and select Properties.
If you see "32-bit" like in this pic, you're running the 32-bit version of Windows Vista, so select "x86" over on Microsoft.
If you see "64-bit" like in this pic, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows Vista, so select "x64" over on Microsoft.
September 3rd, 2011, 11:43 AM
Now I get it!
I really appreciate everyone's help and especially your polite patience with me.
Thank you very much Midknyte, jdc2000 and SpywareDr.
September 3rd, 2011, 12:09 PM
Good to hear you got it figured out. Thanks for posting back.
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