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Windows 7: Going from 32 bit to 64 bit, keep harddrive user files?

4 Weeks Ago   #1
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Going from 32 bit to 64 bit, keep harddrive user files?

I accidentally installed 32 bit, and want 64 bit.
Will I loose files in folders on the c: drive? outside of windows.


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You cannot upgrade to 64-bit version of Windows from 32-bit Windows you will have to backup your personal files and do a clean install of 64-bit version of Windows.
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It depends on what program the user files are associated with. You will have to reinstall all software programs, so it would be essential that you back up your user files to separate media before making any changes.

Installing Windows 64 will render all Windows files being replaced. 32 bit user files should work again providing the software that they derive from is reinstalled.

Installing Windows 64 is the same as installing software & programs on a completely new computer, so you are really starting from scratch.
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

so nothing can remain on the hard disc?
it will be wiped? ihave 500gb of video files not in user or system, what can stay? what must go?

will user files be gone? could folder be renamed?
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

A clean install is the best way to go, so a clean HDD is best.
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok best. But not answering the question. Is there an option to not format the drive and just install the os leaving files there? I just installed 32 bit few days ago. And just noticed this.
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

As i said you will have to clean install 64-bit version of Windows 7, if you want you can dual boot Windows 7 32-bit with Windows 7 64-bit this means you will shrink a partition to create a unallocated space which you will install Windows 7 64-bit on it. If you want after installing 64-bit version of Windows you can move you personal files to 64-bit version of Windows and delete 32-bit version of Windows 7 if you want to do this please let me know.
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

sdowney717. You may have an activation problem if, you dual boot both versions, that are using the same installation package. Often the 32 bit & the 64 bit versions are packaged as 2 separate DVDs in the one package, to allow the user to select one of them & only one of them, but they are both covered by the one activation code.
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

When you do a Clean Install of Windows 7 you must format the partition it is going to be installed on or Windows 7 will do the format when you use the DVD to install.

You must do a Clean Install when switching between 32 and 64 bit operating system.
Their is no short cuts around this.

Jack
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
br4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I suggest you create a separate partition for your video files and other similar files.

Once you have your files on this new partition, you can then do your OS reload to your C drive. Only your C drive would be affected, so your videos won't be touched.

Be sure to give the C drive enough space for growth. I have my C drive at 70GB and its about 75% used.
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