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Windows 7: anyway to change 32 bit to 64 bit?


24 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
anyway to change 32 bit to 64 bit?

In about a month I am getting a new cpu and mb
But I was wondering I am currently running 32 bit windows 7 ultimate and I want to go to 64 bit ultimate. Is there anyways I can change to 64 bit without losing data?


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24 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by irbullet View Post
Is there anyways I can change to 64 bit without losing data?
Sure.

Back up your data to another drive before you install 64-bit.

Better yet, get your data off the C partition permanently.
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24 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You cannot upgrade. You have to backup your data and install from scratch.
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24 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Look here: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions

As stated by ignatzatsonic, backup your data first to an external drive, and then clean install Windows 7 64-bit.

Make sure you have any drivers you need and the installation discs for your applications.

Do you have the retail version of Windows? If so, you should have both the 32-bit and the 64-bit disc.

When you do go to the 64-bit version you'll notice two Programs directories:
  1. Program Files, which is the container for any 64-bit programs.
  2. Program Files (x86), which is the container for any 32-bit programs.
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24 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Oh ok thanks I have already had to move my data 3 times in the last month due to failures
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