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Windows 7: Reusing old HDD with 32 bit windows 7 in new build AND switching to 64

05 Feb 2012   #1
Manedeth

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Reusing old HDD with 32 bit windows 7 in new build AND switching to 64

My current PC is running 32 bit windows 7 with amd mobo and cpu, the new pc I'm moving the HDD to will be all intel and im also planning on switching to 64 bit windows. What is the best way to go about this move?


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05 Feb 2012   #2
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Manedeth,
Welcome to SF. I would back up all important data to another HDD drive or flash drive. Once all your data is backed up and secure then do a quick format and this will wipe all data off drive. Now do a clean install of W7 64 bit and install all your software then transfer your data back in and you are off to the races.
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05 Feb 2012   #3
Manedeth

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Alright so there is no way to just keep everything on the HDD the way it is and how does one Format the HDD never had to do it before
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05 Feb 2012   #4
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Manedeth View Post
Alright so there is no way to just keep everything on the HDD the way it is and how does one Format the HDD never had to do it before
To install 64 bit you got to wipe it out, so make sure to back up any important files you have on some type of external storage device were you can keep them safe. To fresh install look at this tutorial by brink.
Shows you how to install your OS fresh,hope i helped
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05 Feb 2012   #5
Manedeth

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the help guys so then let me just get this straight. Back up my data move my HDD to the new pc and boot up from the windows CD instead of the HDD.
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05 Feb 2012   #6
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

you back up your data first, like what you want to keep for example music,photos,documents and anything else you believe you must save on another storage device. Then put your hdd in your new pc then boot to the windows cd and format the hdd and install windows 7 64bit and then validate your windows key, so your copy is registered and then you can put your back up files you had backed up on another device on your hdd with win 7 64bit installed and your done and enjoy using win 7 64 bit.
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05 Feb 2012   #7
Manedeth

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks so much for the help guys!
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05 Feb 2012   #8
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit
 
 

no problem, always glad to help someone who needs assistance in windows 7
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