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


14 Jul 2009   #1

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

Hi guys,

I have a few quick questions...

I have an HP Pavillion DV6500 laptop that came preinstalled with 32bit Vista.
Right now I am using Windows 7 Evaluation Copy Build 7100 32bit.

I'm wondering if there's any way to upgrade to 64bit windows 7 when the upgrade disc comes out in October or even now.

I don't mind having to reformat the hard drive.

Can I possibly reformat the hard drive now and install a fresh copy of windows 7 rc b4bit?

I tried talking to HP support about this, but they wouldn't give me a direct answer to any question.

They wouldn't even tell me if my laptop could support 64bit. (I did some research, and I think it can.)

Thanks in advance!


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14 Jul 2009   #2

windows 7 7137 x64
 
 

You have to reformat your hard drive and then do a clean install of 64-bit of windows 7
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14 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Can I do that with the upgrade disc that will ship in October?

or is it possible to do that with the rc (Build 7100) that was released some time ago?
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14 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build 7600|16384- 64bit
 
 

Either way you must reinstall. Going to x64 requires clean install. Upgrade Disk you should clean install anyways.
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14 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I understand that it will take a clean install, but don't I need to have at least XP installed to upgrade to Windows 7 (using the upgrade disc that will ship in october)? Since I have been on 32bit, wouldn't it just upgrade to 32bit windows7? Or can i choose to upgrade to 64bit, and itll just do a clean install from there.


Would my processor/motherboard etc even handle 64bit?

Sorry for asking so many stupid questions. I just want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I get myself into anything.
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14 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 Build 7600|16384- 64bit
 
 

You need to have the CD/DVD handy. When you do a clean install, it will ask for you to put in the required information, and i believe one of it is putting the cd/Dvd in to show you actually have a legit version.

Check the forums for threads related to seeing if you can run 64bit and what programs you can use to help you find out.
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14 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

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.

Thanks!
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14 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Follow my guide on installing Windows 7 from a USB drive.

Install Windows 7 Using a USB Drive
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14 Jul 2009   #9

windows 7 7137 x64
 
 

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.

Thanks!
you can use the upgrade disc, you just need to do a clean install with the disc, and upgrade that install with another one. Basically you are installing twice.
Clean Install From Upgrade Vista - Vista Forums
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14 Jul 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm not sure that you are going to be able to do this with the "upgrade" disc. i believe when you change from 32-bit to 64-bit...you have to buy the full version.

In the past, you could insert your previous OS disk to prove ownership. My understanding is that Windows 7 upgrade will actually need to see an installed and (here is the key) activated copy of Windows running in order to perform an upgrade. So, unless you have 64-bit installed and activated...I don't think you will be able to upgrade your 32-bit to 64-bit.
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