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Windows 7: How to upgrade from Window 7 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit ?

10 May 2012   #11
windows7User3

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I'm not a computer wiz but I partitioned my hard drive and copied all my program files from my 32 and transferred them to the partition I clean installed 64 to the old parttion and then merged the program files ....it didn't save any data but it kept me from reinstalling all my stuff (did need to reeneter some product keys though)


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10 May 2012   #12
richard4911

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Interesting, I was wondering about doing that... creating a new partition, installing the new Windows 64 bit to that partition and then transferring files across.

Thanks for your input...
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10 May 2012   #13
windows7User3

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

No problem
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10 May 2012   #14
windows7User3

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Forgot to mention I would install to the old partition to avoid haveing two bootable partitions (I.e. partition a: windows 32...partition b: windows 64)
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10 May 2012   #15
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richard4911 View Post
Interesting, I was wondering about doing that... creating a new partition, installing the new Windows 64 bit to that partition and then transferring files across.

Thanks for your input...
Don't do that. That will cause problems. Also, the program files will be for 32 bit and you will be switching to 64 bit, so a lot of programs probably won't work. Also, you can just use Windows Easy transfer:Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
This will NOT transfer your programs, but it will transfer all user data, program settings, and game data.
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10 May 2012   #16
windows7User3

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richard4911 View Post
Interesting, I was wondering about doing that... creating a new partition, installing the new Windows 64 bit to that partition and then transferring files across.

Thanks for your input...
Don't do that. That will cause problems. Also, the program files will be for 32 bit and you will be switching to 64 bit, so a lot of programs probably won't work. Also, you can just use Windows Easy transfer:Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
This will NOT transfer your programs, but it will transfer all user data, program settings, and game data.
Windows 64 runs almost all 32 bit programs I did it and all my stuff runs just fine
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10 May 2012   #17
richard4911

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thank you for that info windude
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10 May 2012   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richard4911 View Post
I mainly use my laptop for image editing using either Photoshop CS6 or Capture NX2.

I've noticed that with each upgrade of the applications you need more memory to keep up.
I'm not sure how much luck you willl have getting 32gb into a laptop, and it might be very pricey as you would need large dimms as you likely only have 2 memory slots.

8gb would probably be plenty, and 16gb would likely be total overkill. If you are doing this to increase performance, I would advise some more reading first or you might be disappointed with the results.
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11 May 2012   #19
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Given your usage, which is indentical to my wife's primary computer usage, I would doubt you'd even notice a difference between 4 and 8 GB of memory, to be honest. We have a Nikon D40, and she edits photos for family, and also for a baseball league I coach in. All those apps, and even full blown Photoshop run perfectly fine on 4 GB of memory.

Lower your memory down to 8 GB, and then spend some of that extra cash on a good external back up drive to keep those photos safe.
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26 Aug 2013   #20
thebradpitt

xp and win 7 32bit
 
 

"Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version?

If your PC has a 64-bit capable processor (CPU), you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 7, even if you're currently running a 32-bit version. However, to install a 64-bit version of Windows 7 on a computer already running a 32-bit version, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs."
Sources:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...sked-questions
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-windows-7-faq
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