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Windows 7: Upgrading from 32 to 64 bit

15 Jul 2010   #11
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I never did the Vista upgrade I went to a fresh install of W7. Let me also have a look at the link and see what info I pick up in that


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16 Jul 2010   #12
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well I have managed to get a copy of the 64 bit disk so once I have been through all the link you guys posted I will change over. I suppose then I will really see if there is any big change
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16 Jul 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.




As you're going to do a clean install and if there's no data on the rest of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that you don't want lose, have a look at the tutorial at the link below, this over-writes any/all data on the HDD so that you have a clean slate to do the install to.


SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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16 Jul 2010   #14
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have two HD in this PC so I think what I will do is just change them around and install 64 on the second one. So if anything does go wrong I can just carry on with my 32 bit. However before I even start I want to read through all the link you guys have added to this thread
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16 Jul 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Then do this, disconnect the data cable of the HDD that has the Windows system that you want to keep and leave only the HDD that you want to install the 'new' system to connected so that they can boot independently of each other, that way you can use the BIOS to choose which system to start and if you ever have issues with either you'll still have the other system to fall back on; after the install you can reconnect the other HDD.
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16 Jul 2010   #16
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Ah thanks I will do it like that
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16 Jul 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Be sure to post back to keep us informed.
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16 Jul 2010   #18
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Will do but I don't think I will be doing anything this weekend maybe next weekend if all goes ok
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19 Jul 2010   #19
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well I have decided just to stick with 32 bit for now. It does not seem that it offers me any real advantage. Also reading what was posted on another forum sort of puts me off a bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by l????
not to disagree with XXXXX(hes one of the smartest guys on here) and just a fyi...

i went 64 bit windows 7 on my main rig cause i have 4 gb ram. Windows got slow unusually fast, like was creeping along 3 months later. I had to go back to 32 bit, and it runs much better. Maybe it was something with my config, but 64 bit just did not perform how i wanted. For the litte bit you are gaining from going 64 bit, just at least wait until you need to reformat anyways... it happens with Windows.

Now I am off the windows crap all together, and sitting here at a 3d desktop in ubuntu using only 300mb of my ram, i could care less about that extra 1 gig going to 64bit can gain you.

Also keep in mind, there is some very picky stuff with windows 7 64bit requiring only signed drivers. Better hope your hardware manufacturer has the money to have signed drivers. Thats really my number one gripe with 64 bit Windows

I am not trying to be anti-64 bit... I just think its implementation up until now should have been more serious and personally Windows 64 bit does not do much for me. I would hope and assume the next windows will be 64 bit only, by then 64 bit hardware will be nearly 10 years old so its time.

This is EOCF, so we are all about getting all from our hardware, and i understand wanting the extra ram to be usable
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19 Jul 2010   #20
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

The person that wrote that is wrong on many levels. 64 bit Windows does not require "signed drivers" It requires 64 bit drivers to work. Heck, you can even get the 32 bit driver to install, but your asking for trouble if you do. I'm guessing he had a virus or his computer was set up wrong. He might have even had a 32 bit driver installed somewhere, which was causing the problem. My point is, don't let that one person fool you. 64 bit can run complete fine if you have the hard ware to support it and the know-how to not completely screw things up. Also, if you have a computer made in the last two or three years, you might see a significant speed increase. I know I did.
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