What is the difference between an x86 and and x64 operating system ?

Which one should I choose as operating system
itbabeAsked:
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Ashish PatelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It all depends on the processor and memory you have in your machine. Generally windows 64 bit OS is supported for many machine proccessor. What is your machine configuration?
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itbabeAuthor Commented:
I don't have it with me at this time but can supply it later.
Just a question which os type needs a more performant machine x86 or x64 ?
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richwittonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
x86 represents the architecture of the PC in the same way that PowerPC and SPARC are different. This originated from Intels 286,386,486...etc processors. x64 relates to the number of bits. Most PC's run 32-bit applications but now 64-bit are available but not many applications support it. If you are looking for a home machine you will want a x86, 32-bit system to give you maximum compatibility.
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Ashish PatelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
x86 is more compatible and reliable with most of the softwares supporting you. Performance is good too.
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