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Windows 7: Need help on backing up files prior to upgrading WIN7 to 64 bit.

15 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 
Need help on backing up files prior to upgrading WIN7 to 64 bit.

I need help or instructions on how to backup my PC before I upgrade to 64 bit. I understand that you must perform a clean install, I just need to know how to backup some files and/or applications before I proceed.

Also, I would appreciate it if the instructions were like: 1. Open ... to backup files, 2. insert installation disk and proceed, 3. after completion select backup from ... etc.


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15 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Headhuntr117, Backing up your data is pretty easy, especially if you have an external usb drive as it would be just a copy of the files to a directory on your external drive.
You will not be able to backup your applications software as the installation of most applications software installs .dll and other files in your windows\system? directories.
You will have to re-install those applications.
If you downloaded updates and such to them, save those files also so that when you re-install the applications
you can apply the updates and such.

Re-formatting is the only way to guarantee that your x64 version will work properly. Also you should grab all the device drivers for your system so that they will work after the install of the x64 version Check out your motherboard and graphics card drivers from the manufacturers for the x64 version.

Rich
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15 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Headhuntr117, Backing up your data is pretty easy, especially if you have an external usb drive as it would be just a copy of the files to a directory on your external drive.
You will not be able to backup your applications software as the installation of most applications software installs .dll and other files in your windows\system? directories.
You will have to re-install those applications.
If you downloaded updates and such to them, save those files also so that when you re-install the applications
you can apply the updates and such.

Re-formatting is the only way to guarantee that your x64 version will work properly. Also you should grab all the device drivers for your system so that they will work after the install of the x64 version Check out your motherboard and graphics card drivers from the manufacturers for the x64 version.

Rich
Thanks! But another question... Let's just say I have a GPU with the latest drivers now; If I were to custom install the OS, would I have to update it's driver again?
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15 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
Headhuntr117, Backing up your data is pretty easy, especially if you have an external usb drive as it would be just a copy of the files to a directory on your external drive.
You will not be able to backup your applications software as the installation of most applications software installs .dll and other files in your windows\system? directories.
You will have to re-install those applications.
If you downloaded updates and such to them, save those files also so that when you re-install the applications
you can apply the updates and such.

Re-formatting is the only way to guarantee that your x64 version will work properly. Also you should grab all the device drivers for your system so that they will work after the install of the x64 version Check out your motherboard and graphics card drivers from the manufacturers for the x64 version.

Rich
Also, I have installed applications on my D: drive. Will they be able to run after I install 64 bit??
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15 Jul 2013   #5

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by headhuntr117 View Post
Thanks! But another question... Let's just say I have a GPU with the latest drivers now; If I were to custom install the OS, would I have to update it's driver again?
With a new install, all the drivers and software would have to be installed from scratch.

Quote:
Also, I have installed applications on my D: drive. Will they be able to run after I install 64 bit??
As mentioned, you would have to reinstall ALL your applications from scratch.

Basically, there is no "upgrade" between 32-bit and 64-bit.
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15 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Mark is Correct. Drivers and applications will require re-installation.

Rich
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15 Jul 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Everything you need to consider to get a perfect install - including backup methods and things not to forget is here in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and is the same for retail.

Pay close attention to how drivers are handled in Windows 7 as it's different than XP. Put your LAN driver in the backup so if the installer doesn't provide it you can get online quickly to run all rounds of Important and Optional Windows Updates, after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3). Keep going back to Check for Updates until they are all done, then import any drivers missing in Device manager from the PC or Device's Support Downloads webpage.
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15 Jul 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Why are you upgrading to 64 Bit?
If you have 4 GB or less of RAM, 32 Bit will perform better.
If you have, or plan to get more than 4 GB RAM, 64 Bit is better.
You should update your SF specs.
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15 Jul 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidW7ncus View Post
Why are you upgrading to 64 Bit?
If you have 4 GB or less of RAM, 32 Bit will perform better.
If you have, or plan to get more than 4 GB RAM, 64 Bit is better.
You should update your SF specs.
Apparently I have 4GB RAM. I plan to upgrade to 64 so that I can install 8GB RAM, I'm basically upgrading my work PC to a gaming PC.
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15 Jul 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Post your exact make and model pc and we`ll help you along.

You do know you need a 64 bit capable cpu to run 64 bit, correct ?
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