Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista
In the past people used to say that upgrading from 32 to 64 was not a very good idea,
Don't know where that came from but there's absolutely nothing wrong with upgrading from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS.
Two things to consider though, and the first one I list has gotten considerably better to the point it may no longer apply. 1 -
Make sure your hardware and software is 64-bit capable. In today's computing almost all hardware and software is 64-bit capable. The only thing you have to worry about is older hardware and software you my be holding onto. 2 -
When upgrading to a 64-bit OS you need to do a clean (fresh) install. In fact, Windows won't let you do an "upgrade" from a 32-bit to 64-bit.
Here's a snipit from Microsoft's FAQ on upgrading from 32-64 bit - 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
Note that custom install means replacing your existing OS with the one you're installing
If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation
. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs. For more information about performing a custom installation, see Installing and reinstalling Windows 7
I would recommend doing a clean install when moving between versions (32/64) - Clean Install Windows 7
Quote: Originally Posted by EriksK
Thanks for the reply,
I guess I would have to say I downgraded then, from x84 to x64.
There is no such thing as x84, you mean X86, which is actually the 32-bit version of Windows. Don't ask why it was called x86 as I don't have to answer at the moment.
Anyway you actually "upgraded", not downgraded, when you moved from x86(32-bit) to the 64-bit OS.