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Windows 7: Upgrade from Windows 7 32bit RC1 to Windows 7 64bit

14 Jul 2009   #31


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sirdizzle View Post
hmmm... my laptop didn't come with a CD... the hard drive was originally partitioned with recovery data on one partition. I also made "optional" recovery discs, just to be safe, so i'm pretty sure that the actual process is not going to be a problem.

The only thing i'm worried about is given my situation, if I would be able to do a clean install to a 64bit version using the upgrade disc that will come out in a few months.

Seems like you're saying that its definitely doable.

I have a Lenovo notebook that also did not come with an installation disk. However, even though people keep talking about needing the original installation disk to use the upgrade disk, I believe what you really will need is the original Vista or XP installation KEY, which you should have somewhere. Mine's on a sticker on the bottom of the notebook.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snuffy View Post
The answer to this post was the very first answer..


yes, you can clean install from a UPGRADE DISK.

To find out if your system is x64 ready. run the Win7 Upgrade advisor or insert any x64 disk and see what it say..
Snuffy's right - you can install with the upgrade disk but will need to do a clean install.

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14 Jul 2009   #32

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

You can see if your computer supports x64 by looking in the Windows Experience Index details. There may be a field that says "64-bit capable" and a Yes/No beside it. I can't post a screenshot because I'm running x64 right now and that field won't be in the details.
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14 Jul 2009   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by l337 View Post
I looked at the other thread what the hell is MS Doing, and I saw the link you posted. The guy says when you put the disc in while you are in vista or xp, but what I am saying is that you boot from the disc and do a clean install and upgrade that, that should work.
Why do you think that will work? Everything I keep reading and posting says that you have to "upgrade" an "activated" copy of a previous operating system. This would seem to indicate that you cannot do the double install trick without entering a key the first time....because without the key you cannot activate it. Unless you have the full install version of the disc, I think you are going to have to have an installed and activated OS on your computer in order to upgrade or do a custom "clean" install.
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