Advice 1: How to know the architecture of your CPU

Architecture is one of the defining characteristics of the processor. This is especially true of installing the operating systems, when you need to choose which version to install. The architecture depends on the computational ability of the processor and its ability to work at different frequencies.
How to know the architecture of your CPU
Instruction
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Under processor architecture refers to the family and generation of processors, which have its own set of commands. The choice of a suitable distribution of the operating system in accordance with the characteristics of the processor allows to achieve maximum productivity in work with computer.
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The architecture of processors of Intel, as a rule, is designated as x86 and refers to the stones of the collections, i286, i386, i486, etc. Processors from other companies (AMD, Apple, VIA was compatible with Intel and had a similar classification. Then began to give them names that had gradually become an independent trademark. It complicated their classification.
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Look at the model of your CPU in the technical documentation. If its value matches the Pentium (except for the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, Celeron, Celeron D, Xeon, AMD K5, K6, Duron, Athlon, Sempron, a processor has the x86 architecture. If the processor is marked as Opteron, Athlon 64, Athlon XII, Sempron 64, Turion 64, Pentium D, Xeon MP, Atom 230, Atom 330, Core 2 Duo and a MacBook, it has the architecture x86_64.
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Knowledge of architecture is required in distributions are open source. Otherwise, a wrong selection, the system will not install or will not function correctly.
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To determine the architecture you can use special software programs for Windows, such as Everest or CPU-Z. They will show support for AMD64 or EMT64.
Note
The x64 architecture is more advanced than x32 (x84). All modern multi-core systems are 64-bit. They are backward-compatible, i.e. able to work with 32-bit applications.

Often, manufacturers mark the product as i386 or i586, which implies 32-bit system (x86).
Useful advice
Processors Macintosh G3–G5 and PowerBook have the ppc architecture.

Advice 2: How to know the version of the distribution

At the moment, distribution of software and operating systems in the form of distribution is widely used by developers. It is important to remember that when you upgrade programs or the OS, you need to know the versions of Linux distributions, because they are often the mismatch can cause failures in the operating system.
How to know the version of the distribution
You will need
  • -personal computer;
  • -installed on this version of Windows 7;
  • document sources\install.wim\1.xml.
Instruction
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In order to know the appropriate version of Linux for Windows, the user does not need additional knowledge in the field of computer technology. It is enough to use one of several ways, which will help to know the version of the distribution.
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Method 1. You can use the corresponding file to determine the version of the distribution. Open the document which bears the following title - sources\install.wim\1.xml. After this action absolutely, pay attention to the following entries: and . Among such kinds of tags will indicate which version and build of distribution for your operating system Windows 7. Remember that tags and are not always at the top of the text document, so you need to fail to view the entire file.
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Method 2. If you have the CD-ROM distribution, where it is necessary to know its number, and version, but not to install the OS on a personal computer. Importantly, all operations were done as correctly and properly, in order to avoid any negative consequences.
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You should perform a simple chain of actions:

- open the ROM distribution;

- locate the file sources\ei.cfg. The file may be hidden so show hidden files using simple settings Windows operating system;

- view version of the distribution, which will be stated in it.
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If you can't deal with the settings, look at the file setup.exe that is in the root folder of the installation disk. In the properties of this file will display version and build of distribution. These simple methods will allow the user to promptly and easily determine the version of the distribution kit for Windows.
Note
The first method has been tested on Windows 7.
Useful advice
Try to use these opportunities determine the distribution for your version of OS, because they perhaps will suit you.
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