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My PC is reading my processor as an x86, not 64 bit

My PC is reading my processor as an x86, not 64 bit. I wanted to upgrade to 64 bit, so I checked in System Properties on Advanced tab and Environmental Variables under Processor_architecture, it should say it is x64, yet it says x86, so what's going on? I am running Windows Vista Ultimate with an Intel Core Duo E6700 in an EVGA 680i motherboard.
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Toni UranjekConsultant/TrainerCommented:
Hi!

Actually 32-bit OS will report E6700 as x86 CPU. 64-bit OS might report x86-64.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2

HTH

Toni
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jsvorCommented:
You will need to load a 64bit OS to take advantage of the 64bit CPU.
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tinyasuraAuthor Commented:
I know the CPU won't work at 64 bit till there's a 64 bit OS installed, but this link http://images.windowsmarketplace.com/img/edt/Marketplace2.0/modules/Vista/howto/printerfriendlyhowto.htm among others says you should be able to see if the processor is capable of running 64 bit even if it is running 32 bit software, or am I reading that wrong?
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jsvorCommented:
If you were running a 64 bit OS then it would show the x64 for PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE.  My laptop has a 64 bit CPU but I only have XP 32-bit installed and my PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE says x86.
Download a free tool called "System Information for Windows" (http://www.gtopala.com/).  It will tell you everything you would want to know about your computer.  There is a section titled 'CPU Info' that might tell you if it is 32 or 64-bit.  Try it and post back here if you have questions on using it.
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jakosysadminCommented:
"System Properties" tab will not help you. A rather excellent tool for identifying your CPU/mem timings etc is a tool called "CPU-Z" from http://www.cpuid.org 
it is free, it's tiny and it doesn't need to be installed - just unpack it and you're ready to go.

Are you sure you want to upgrade? For there are reasons many of us are holding off. Insufficient HW drivers are just one of these.
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tinyasuraAuthor Commented:
That is a very cool piece of software.  It does /  doesn't answer my question.  I.e it says I have an x86 processor, even if it is actually a 64 bit one (according to the bios at least as well as the guy I bought it from). I guess the answer is that MS way of working isn't always right, i.e. even though it is a 64 bit processor, a 32 bit OS cannot recognise it as such, thus rendering useless their method of determining whether your machine is able to be upgraded.
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tinyasuraAuthor Commented:
Also, no I'm not too sure I want to upgrade, I'm going to Ghost my hard drive, give it a go upgrading and then (probably) reimage it back as soon as I discover nothing works.  Hey, someone has to be a guinea pig.
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jakosysadminCommented:
Wait. What the CPUID shows is right. There is no middle layer there. It sports its own driver for direct hardware access (it used to be a .sys file in the same directory, nowadays it is probably embedded in the self extracting exe but it is still there).
If the CPUID dies not indicate 64bit instruction set (EM64T or smth AMD/VIA specific) on its Instructions row, this is the way it is and the guy who sold you the chip should be brought to justice.
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