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Windows 7 32 & 64 bit confusion


New Member
Jun 13, 2009
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
Hmmm, very strange.....Your dxdiag page says that it's W7 Build 7000 that's installed. Download and install the 64bit version of the W7 RC here;

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