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Windows 7: Moving from Win7 32bit to x64

02 Jan 2010   #1
FunkyCris

Windows 7 HP x86
 
 
Moving from Win7 32bit to x64

Hello all,

Forgive the noobishness but just a small question

I'm currently running a 32bit download upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium, I got this through the 'Ultimate Steal' promotion where UK University students could download the upgrade for a reduced price, I upgraded from Vista Premium 32bit.

I now wish to change to the 64-bit version of Win7 Ultimate. I only have the one hard drive, which I will fully re-format in installation of the 64-bit version.

I can get the 64bit Win7 Upgrade disc for the nicely reduced price of 55 through a student software website.

Would I be able to re-format and install Win7 Ult 64-bit using this disc? Or will I need to purchase the full retail (non-upgrade) Package to do so?

Thanks in advance for your help.
Cris


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02 Jan 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello, Welcome!

Since you have an existing Windows OS, you qualify for the upgrade. You will need to do a clean install, however. Instructions can be found here.

Hope this helps,
~Jonathan
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02 Jan 2010   #3
FunkyCris

Windows 7 HP x86
 
 

Thanks John.
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02 Jan 2010   #4
FunkyCris

Windows 7 HP x86
 
 

I just had a look at the site from which I was going to buy the Win7 Ultimate 64bit dvd and it states this:

Please Note: changes to UK release of Microsoft Windows 7
Software4Students ask all our customers to please note that Microsoft have recently made a number of changes to the European release of Microsoft Windows 7. Please be aware that while this is subject to change, the latest information that we have is as follows:

This version of Windows 7 ships as an upgrade edition. It is NOT possible or permitted to perform a clean install with this product. You must have an existing valid Windows operating system on your hard disk. All editions of Windows 7 will now include the Internet Explorer 8 web browser as standard.



Does this mean that this disc will ONLY upgrade from another 64bit version of Windows, and not allow me to custom/clean install Win7 x64 from win7 32bit by booting from the disc and formatting the drive and custom installing?

thanks
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02 Jan 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am not qualified to answer that question. I will get some more help.
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02 Jan 2010   #6
FunkyCris

Windows 7 HP x86
 
 

Thanks very much for the help Jonathan
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02 Jan 2010   #7
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FunkyCris View Post
I just had a look at the site from which I was going to buy the Win7 Ultimate 64bit dvd and it states this:

Please Note: changes to UK release of Microsoft Windows 7
Software4Students ask all our customers to please note that Microsoft have recently made a number of changes to the European release of Microsoft Windows 7. Please be aware that while this is subject to change, the latest information that we have is as follows:

This version of Windows 7 ships as an upgrade edition. It is NOT possible or permitted to perform a clean install with this product. You must have an existing valid Windows operating system on your hard disk. All editions of Windows 7 will now include the Internet Explorer 8 web browser as standard.



Does this mean that this disc will ONLY upgrade from another 64bit version of Windows, and not allow me to custom/clean install Win7 x64 from win7 32bit by booting from the disc and formatting the drive and custom installing?

thanks
I am in the states so have not seen this yet but looks like to me you meet the requirements of having a previous legal copy of windows and should be able to do a custom install. The wording is confusing but the intent is that you cannot slap the upgrade on a blank disc. Which you say you are not going to do. Good luck to you in this gray area.
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02 Jan 2010   #8
FunkyCris

Windows 7 HP x86
 
 

Thanks for your reply myzr7,

But does completely reformatting the drive, thus removing previous windows versions not mean doing a clean/custom install on what is a blank disk after re-formatting?

The fact it says 'not possible' is confusing, does this mean the 'Custom install' option is removed completely?

Looking through the forums it seems there is/was a lot of confusion regarding upgrade packages
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02 Jan 2010   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Cris:

We saw similarly worded, imprecise, fuzzy descriptions for the standard Windows 7 upgrade disc.

People all over the net, including Microsoft employees, were saying that you could not do a clean install with the retail upgrade disk. Some MS documents implied as much.

Turns out they were dead wrong--at the top of their voice.

That doesn't mean your offer might in fact not allow a clean install, but I would not put much creedence in a boilerplate statement like you have quoted.

Best advice--either try it or find somebody who has for a first hand opinion.
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02 Jan 2010   #10
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FunkyCris View Post
Thanks for your reply myzr7,

But does completely reformatting the drive, thus removing previous windows versions not mean doing a clean/custom install on what is a blank disk after re-formatting?

The fact it says 'not possible' is confusing, does this mean the 'Custom install' option is removed completely?

Looking through the forums it seems there is/was a lot of confusion regarding upgrade packages
There has been a considerable amount of documentation on the web about this subject. I will try to have a look if I can find a definate answer from MS. However I am sure that I have seen it said that the upgrade install disk first looks for a legal install of a prior windows version, After finding that it offers you the choice of a custom install or upgrade install. What MS is calling a clean install is one that has no prior version installed on the drive. I will see if I can find that paticular artical for you. I know that you have the need to know before putting up the cash. I know I would too.
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