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Windows 7: Upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit windows 7

17 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit windows 7

So, I recently upped my RAM capability from 4Gb to 8Gb DDR3. My Processor (a core i3) is 64 bit compatible, and I want to upgrade to 64 bit windows 7.

Just a few things to note here:
I have 2 physical hard drives. a 250Gb one that is my main boot drive, and contains the 32 bit windows 7.
The other is a 320Gb one that was in my old PC before I upgraded, and transferred it over. This second hard drive still contains Windows Vista, and I access files, games and programmes from it regularly.


My question is this, With this set-up is it feasible for me to upgrade to 64 bit? If so, what would be the best way to go about it? (I have read up a bit on microsofts own page).


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17 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Back up your files, Unplug the Vista HD, boot the Windows 7 64 bit installer, delete both partitions on your Windows 7 HD to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

We already dealt at length with how to get rid of Vista in your other thread: system optimisation: assistance with deleting vista - Windows 7 Forums
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17 Apr 2012   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Weren't you asking all about this in another thread?

system optimisation: assistance with deleting vista
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17 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Ignatz I was asking about removing windows vista off my other drive in another thread.

Greg doing that would still allow me to run stuff through the vista HDD, right?
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17 Apr 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

I don't know what you're running on the Vista HD. You said you were accessing your files there via Explorer but had too many to back up to correctly delete Vista and replace them back onto a new data partition. You never said if you're running Programs from Windows 7 that are installed on Vista. These need to be reinstalled because running programs from another OS is always sketchy even if it works.
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17 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

ahhh I see what you mean, I think.

Any programmes or files that I used on my old computer I did not reinstall on 7, I kept them on the vista HDD only and run them by accessing the .exe files on that drive.
All my new games and files are stored on the newer 250gb windows 7 drive.
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17 Apr 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

I don't think reinstalling 64 bit Windows 7 would put you in any different situation than you have now, except that some programs you're running from Windows 7 on Vista might not run, but they need to be reinstalled to Windows 7 anyway.
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17 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I don't mind reinstalling a couple if they don't work. Mostly I just want to make use of the extra RAM I got.
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17 Apr 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

I don't blame you.

Everything you need is in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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17 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, you really have to upgrade. Otherwise, buying the RAM was like burning money.
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