Almost everyone uses computers these days. Some of you might use 32-bit versions of the operating system (that you are using), while others might be using 64-bit ones. But, what’s the difference between the two? The major difference between a 32-bit and a 64-bit processor is how many calculations they can perform per second (64-bit performs more), which, in turn, decides how fast they are. It should be noted that 64-bit processors come in different kinds, including dual core, quad core and eight core versions, which allow them to be much faster than 32-bit processors. Although it’s true that many programs and applications are still 32-bit, but it cannot be denied that 64-bit software are fast, more secure and make use of the system memory more efficiently.
Here Are A Few Steps Which Will Help You Upgrade From 32-bit To 64-bit Software Without Any Loss Of Data:
1. Upgrade To 64-bit Windows 10
First, check whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit version of Windows 10. This can be easily done by selecting ‘About your PC’ in the search box after typing ‘About’. In the window that opens, see what’s written next to ‘System Type’. If it says, ‘32-bit operating system’, then you can consider upgrading it to the 64-bit version.
Unfortunately, there is no direct, one-click method to upgrade a 32-bit Windows copy to 64-bit; the only way to do this sort of upgrade is to perform a clean install of a 64-bit Windows 10 copy. You can do this by downloading and running the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, and creating an installer media for another computer. Remember to select 64-bit (x64) as the architecture type before you create the installer and write this installer to a USB drive. It’s important that you backup everything before you run the installer, otherwise everything that’s saved in the Windows drive will be deleted. Also, remember to have backups of drivers of your hardware. During the installation process, select “Custom: Install Windows Only (Advanced)” and continue the process until a fresh copy is installed.
2. Upgrade To A 64-Bit Chrome Browser
Upgrading to a 64-bit internet browser makes sense because an upgraded browser will offer you better speed and use the system memory more efficiently. Upgrading a browser is very easy, be it Chrome or Firefox. For Chrome, all you need to do is click on the three dots on the top corner and check what version you are running. If you are on a 32-bit version, go to the Chrome download page and download the latest, 64-bit version from there.
3. Switch To A 64-bit Firefox Browser
If you use Firefox browser, all you need to do is click on the three horizontal buttons on the top right corner and go to the ‘About’ page to check which version you’re using. If your existing Firefox is 32-bit, go to the Firefox download page and download the latest, 64-bit version from there. The best thing about this is that you won’t lose your existing bookmarks, history and settings.
4. Upgrade To 64-bit Microsoft Office
The installed version of Office on your Windows 10 is 32-bit by default unless you opt for the 64-bit version at the time of installation itself. To check the version of Office, open Word, head to File>Account>About Word. If it’s a 32-bit version you are running, then you will have to uninstall it and install a fresh copy. Make sure that you select ‘Office 64-bit’ under the Version tab. The 64-bit Office, like so many other applications, is faster and more secure.
5. Install 64-bit Media Players
You might have more than one media player installed on your computer for different purposes. For example, some people choose to play their audio files on Windows Media Player and their video files on VLC media player or some other third-party application. To make the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, you will also have to upgrade your media players. The process is very simple, first check which version you are running by going onto the About page of an application and then download the latest 64-bit version of the same application from the web.
6. Upgrade Other Programs And Software
A computer usually consists of many third-party programs. So, after you upgrade your Windows 10 from 32-bit to 64-bit, make it a point to upgrade all the programs that you were using with the 32-bit Windows. Common programs like ebook managers (like Calibre), anti-virus programs, photo and video editing tools etc. should be upgraded to their 64-bit versions for better performance and security.
But, before you make the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit, note that a 32-bit program runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit systems, but the same is not true for a 64-bit program – it only runs on 64-bit systems.