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Windows 7: About to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit W7 Pro - looking for opinions..

18 May 2015   #1
Mr Davo

Windows 7 (XP, by Virtualization)
About to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit W7 Pro - looking for opinions..

Hi Everyone,

I have an HP laptop with Windows 7 32Bit Professional installed. I want to 'upgrade' to the 64Bit version, but I also understand that doing so is not a straight forward process.

I am wondering if I can take the following approach to the upgrade?
  • Backup all (relevant) files using 'Backup & Restore' (Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Backup and Restore)
  • Install a new hard drive
  • Using the HP Recovery Disks restore the computer to factory defaults (a 64Bit recovery disk was provided)
  • Perform Windows Updates
  • Reinstall required software (business programs, etc)
  • Restore the files originally backed up using 'Backup & Restore'
My primary goal is to ensure no data loss. However my secondary goal is to perform the upgrade as quickly as possible. I understand that a new hard drive is not required, however I intend on installing an SSD!

If anybody has any suggestions regarding issues that they can see with my proposed method, or if you know of a better / quicker way can you please share?

Kind Regards,


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18 May 2015   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

For the sake of argument, I'll assume that your recovery disks will work and will in fact give you a 64 bit install.

I'd assume that would also include all of the stuff (crap and non-crap) that the laptop had when you bought it--albeit you would be on 64 bit, not 32 bit.

Would you prefer that to a clean install? Or do you have no interest in a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit?

Secondly--if you care about "Backup and Restore" only insofar as it prevents data loss, why not just copy your data with the mouse, rather than rely on Backup and Restore? Why introduce that complication, since you won't be using it to backup Windows? When you get to your last step "Restore the files originally backed up using Backup & Restore", who's to say what might happen? I'd be afraid that that last step might overwrite something on your new recovery 64-bit installation that you wouldn't want to over-write.

Speed of doing this would be far down my list of priorities. I'd be much more concerned with accuracy--getting it right the first time without complications or unforeseen issues.
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18 May 2015   #3

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

A ssd on a 32 bit system is quite good plus on a laptop most manufactures put 32 bit on them for a little better battery life on a single charge.
They do however have limited ram but the ssd will make that a non issue,
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18 May 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

What is the purpose of going to 64 Bit ?

Are you going to max out the memory ?

How much memory does the laptop support ?

Please post a manufacturers link to the exact make and model of the laptop and whether it has an AMD or Intel cpu in it.

I totally agree about manually backing up your data (copy and paste) don`t trust some program to do it.
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 About to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit W7 Pro - looking for opinions..

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