32 & 64 bit confusion

Apologies if this is the wrong section on which to start this thread. Still new to this forum and just joined out of desperation.

I decided to give a try at Windows 7. Looked up Microsoft W7 site, and downloaded the 64-bit version.

I'm VERY sure that I downloaded the x64, as the filename says:


(I checked the 32-bit filename to make sure, which says x86, so very sure)

Installed without a hitch, and upon first bootup, I proceeded to install my newly downloaded 64-bit drivers (nForce, nVIDIA Forceware etc..) and to my surprise it reported that I'm not running the 64-bit OS.

I checked system properties, and it reports:

System Type: 32-bit Operating System
I reapplied for another CD-Key to make sure that I was using 64, and reinstalled from scratch (3 times)

Windows 7 still reporting 32-bit. I have looked all over the net looking for someone with the same issue, but I simply cannot find anyone complaning about it.

CPU: Intel Core2Quad Q9550
M/B: Asus Striker Extreme II

(so yeah, pretty sure my system IS 64-bit)

Anyone has any ideas? This thing is driving me nuts as it's not making any sense, unless Microsoft screwed up the versions on download page.

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This dxdiag might help prove my point:

System Information
Time of this report: 6/13/2009, 12:47:50
Machine name: STACKER
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7000) (7000.winmain_win7beta.081212-1400)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 1962MB used, 4476MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7000.0000 32bit Unicode

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