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Windows 7: Install x64 on a x86 desktop?

11 Nov 2011   #1
vStone1K

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Install x64 on a x86 desktop?

Hi there guys, I was just wondering, how would it be possible to install 64 bit W7 Home Premium over my 32 bit desktop? I'm wondering because I tried to do so but it wouldn't run straight from the desktop because it's 64 bit. Would I need to use a DVD? And why is it possible to run the 64 bit installer from the boot anyway? I'm confused. Please help! (I'll give the most helpful person imaginary points)


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11 Nov 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You cannot upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of the operating system, it would have to be a clean install as this tutorial shows.

Clean Install Windows 7

P.S. I'll imagine I helped you!! Just kidding!
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11 Nov 2011   #3
vStone1K

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

@seavixen32 I know I'd need to clean install, that's what I want to do. But, I see it is not possible to clean install FROM the desktop. Would I need to burn a DVD? And then boot from it?
I want to do it like this tut:Clean Install Windows 7 from the Windows 7 Desktop
except install 64 bit. Any Idea how?
(Nice one! )
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11 Nov 2011   #4
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You must boot from a DVD or USB flash drive.
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11 Nov 2011   #5
vStone1K

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I have a usb, but it has all my family's stuff on it And the only empty usb is 1 gb. I'll see if I can find DVD's.
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11 Nov 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

One should always boot the installer to install Windows for multiple reasons.

You also need the DVD for repairs in case Win7 won't boot.

This is a multi-hundred-dollar investment, not something to skimp or take shortcuts on.

Adapt these steps to get a perfect reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7
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11 Nov 2011   #7
vStone1K

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Walgreens? I don't think that shop is in my country. I live in Australia...
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12 Nov 2011   #8
vStone1K

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Done it! I had a whole rack of DVD's that I could install the actual ISO image from. I'll probably enjoy 64 bit a lot more anyway Thank you guys for reminding me to use a DVD!
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12 Nov 2011   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gln2d3 View Post
Done it! I had a whole rack of DVD's that I could install the actual ISO image from. I'll probably enjoy 64 bit a lot more anyway Thank you guys for reminding me to use a DVD!
You're very welcome and thanks for the update.
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