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Windows 7: Win7 32bit to 64bit

16 Aug 2011   #1
Ken Davison

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Win7 32bit to 64bit

Hi All
I have purchased 8gb of ram upgrade to help speed up my home video work. I am currently running Win7 Home Premium in 32bit mode. I have read that 64bit handles larger ram over 4gb better.

It appears from what I have read that if I install 64bit from my existing disk it will do a clean start and wipe out all the existing installation. I want to avoid doing that a back up never seems to catch everthing and it can be a real pain setting it all up again.

SO if I purchase Win Ultimate Upgrade can I install it using the 64bit option without wiping out all my files?

OR is there any other way of doing it?

Thanks for any advise offered.


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16 Aug 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ken Davison View Post
Hi All
I have purchased 8gb of ram upgrade to help speed up my home video work. I am currently running Win7 Home Premium in 32bit mode. I have read that 64bit handles larger ram over 4gb better.

It appears from what I have read that if I install 64bit from my existing disk it will do a clean start and wipe out all the existing installation. I want to avoid doing that a back up never seems to catch everthing and it can be a real pain setting it all up again.

SO if I purchase Win Ultimate Upgrade can I install it using the 64bit option without wiping out all my files?

OR is there any other way of doing it?

Thanks for any advise offered.
No. When you go from 32bit to 64 you must do a clean install.
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16 Aug 2011   #3
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ken Davison View Post
Hi All
I have purchased 8gb of ram upgrade to help speed up my home video work. I am currently running Win7 Home Premium in 32bit mode. I have read that 64bit handles larger ram over 4gb better.

It appears from what I have read that if I install 64bit from my existing disk it will do a clean start and wipe out all the existing installation. I want to avoid doing that a back up never seems to catch everthing and it can be a real pain setting it all up again.

SO if I purchase Win Ultimate Upgrade can I install it using the 64bit option without wiping out all my files?

OR is there any other way of doing it?

Thanks for any advise offered.
Welcome to the Windows 7 Forums.

Upgrading to x64 bit from x32bit is not an in place option.
From my experience, it is not possible to update to th 64 bit os without a clean format.

Your data should be backed up but your programs will require re-installation.

Rich
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16 Aug 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can not upgrade 32bit to 64bit without doing a clean install.
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16 Aug 2011   #5
Ken Davison

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ken Davison View Post
Hi All
I have purchased 8gb of ram upgrade to help speed up my home video work. I am currently running Win7 Home Premium in 32bit mode. I have read that 64bit handles larger ram over 4gb better.

It appears from what I have read that if I install 64bit from my existing disk it will do a clean start and wipe out all the existing installation. I want to avoid doing that a back up never seems to catch everthing and it can be a real pain setting it all up again.

SO if I purchase Win Ultimate Upgrade can I install it using the 64bit option without wiping out all my files?

OR is there any other way of doing it?

Thanks for any advise offered.
No. When you go from 32bit to 64 you must do a clean install.
Thanks for a swift clear answer, not sure it was the one I wanted but I can live with it.

What is your opinion on remaining with the 32bit ver using the 8gb ram ?
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16 Aug 2011   #6
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you use 32bit OS,you'll have only ~3.7GB ram used.
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16 Aug 2011   #7
Ken Davison

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Looks as if I will have to bite the bullet, in the past I have always had those little nigs with backup, I use Incredimail and store a rake of information in folders, receipts and other important stuff. Must try to find a way of backing that up safely.

Thanks for advise. Ken
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16 Aug 2011   #8
poonbag

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

You would also have to make sure that your processor architechture is the right size to handle the 64bit OS. If it is only a 32 bit processor then it can only handle the 32bit OS. That is my problem. I wanted to upgrade to professional x64 but had to do x86 because of my processor.
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16 Aug 2011   #9
Ken Davison

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I have an amd phenom tm 9450e which is aimed at 64bit so that is ok, I am now sorting through required software for reloading.
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16 Aug 2011   #10
StalkeR

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The CPU is ok.
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