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Windows 7: Question About Switching from 32-bit to 64-bit

03 Jul 2010   #1
BBostock

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Question About Switching from 32-bit to 64-bit

I was thinking about switching my current Windows 7 32-bit installation to the 64-bit version. I know this would require a clean install, but I have one question. Most of my programs are installed on a combination of external and non-primary drives (not the C drive). If I were to disconnect those drives before installation and then reconnect them when finished, would the programs and files still work and be accessible? I feel like they would not work, though I just wanted to be sure before I tried anything.

Thanks


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03 Jul 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

You have to reinstall with DVD or download, as appropriate. Nothing will be lost by trying, however.
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03 Jul 2010   #3
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Only programs/apps that did not require being installed will still work. Ones that just run from a folder.

If it had to be installed via installer, then it likely will not.
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03 Jul 2010   #4
richc46

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Only programs/apps that did not require being installed will still work. Ones that just run from a folder.

If it had to be installed via installer, then it likely will not.
Agreed
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03 Jul 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You might want to look into making a backup of settings, docs, pics, etc with Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers
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04 Jul 2010   #6
BBostock

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thanks everyone! Now a followup question. If I take the Hard Drives from my 32-bit computer, unplug them, upgrade to 64-bit and then plug them back in, the data should still be accessible, correct? The installed programs will need to be reinstalled but all the data should be there, like music, pics, docs, and all that non-installed stuff.

Thanks
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04 Jul 2010   #7
Luckystar

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM + SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BBostock View Post
Thanks everyone! Now a followup question. If I take the Hard Drives from my 32-bit computer, unplug them, upgrade to 64-bit and then plug them back in, the data should still be accessible, correct? The installed programs will need to be reinstalled but all the data should be there, like music, pics, docs, and all that non-installed stuff.

Thanks
Yes.

Lucky.
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04 Jul 2010   #8
BBostock

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Thank you muchly.
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04 Jul 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Yes, the 64 bit can access both 32 and 64 so there should be not problem.
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