Quote: Originally Posted by spdracer
Hello; First time poster here,I upgraded to Windows 7 home 32 bit from xp and would like to install 64 bit. Can it be overwritten without losing programs or will I have to start from scratch like when I installed over xp? I realise drivers will have to be updated to 64 bit versions but can that be done later?
First....welcome to SevenForum spdracer and to answer your questions:
There is no upgrade path from x86 to x64 (clean install only). Try using "Windows Easy Transfer" to move your data files, documents, and configuration files for your applications. Just install Windows 7 x64, install your programs (just accept the defaults when installing) and then import your config files using the "Windows Easy Transfer" as well as your user id's and related information.
You will get a report telling you what programs you still need to re-install to make your setup match what it was on the x86 install and after the import completes your system should look just like it did on x86 right down to your task bar, documents, music, pictures, favorites, shortcuts, etc.
Good luck with your upgrade and let us know how it goes or if you have problems. I have been using x64 for years now and would not consider running x32 unless there is no other option (ie if your processor will not support x64). I haven't had any needed programs not work on x64 yet and it has been 3 years now.
I have not found drivers to be an issue myself...if you have any driver issues windows will search for the needed drivers or you can get them from your software vendors.