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09-08-2009, 03:45 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Manchester, UK
If you have a CPU that uses the x86 instruction set (i.e. i386) then the x86 will be the one you choose (most likely that is the one you have, if you have a 32bit CPU)
However if you have a 64bit CPU (AMD64 or non IA-64 Intel cpu's called IA-32e or EM64T I think) then most likely it will be labeled x86-64
For most CPU's on the general market:
x86 = 32bit
x86-64 = 64bit
Its obviously a bit more complex than that, but most of today's CPU's are build on the x86 architecture, unless your running something ridiculous.
Also once i've created the HD partition on my laptop and burned the CentOS 5 ISO boot disc is this used to install the OS on the newly partitioned HD space after which time i wont need to use the boot disk again?
Correct, most likely it will also install GRUB or a similar boot loader to switch between either windows boot partition or the penguin (as mentioned previously).
I would advise creating a backup DVD or similar of your windows installation before tinkering with partitions etc just in case.
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