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There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows, it will have to be a clean install; the best way to go forward, after you have copied out
or made back-ups
of the data you need to save to external media, is to do a wipe (secure erase
) of the entire Hard Disk Drive, have a look at this information below.
- Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
- If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install
of Windows 7 to; you can always extend
the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create
additional partitions after the installation completes if you choose.
All the installed programs/apps will have to be reinstalled so be sure to save the activation keys where applicable and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
DISKPART : At PC Startup
Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version