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Windows 7: Quick question about Backups and Upgrades...

17 Oct 2010   #1
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 
Quick question about Backups and Upgrades...

OK, I am about to switch from Win7x32Bit to Win7x64Bit. I'll also be formatting C:\ before installing Win7x64.

Now, my question is, if I use Windows Backup Utility to backup my files in C:\ drive to another drive, will I be able to restore those files after installing Win7x64?

And will the themes I've made in Win7x32 work in Win7x64?

What's the big difference in 32bit and 64bit anyway? Wherever I look online, it just says that 64 is faster and it can utilize full ram.

But the basic OS is the same right?

Hoping for a quick reply, (No, really. I need to decide in about 15 minutes. That's how long it takes for my computer guy to come here :| )
T4


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17 Oct 2010   #2
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Unless you're planning on upgrading RAM and switching to 64 bit applications, you probably won't notice the difference.

I can't answer the themes question with a difinitive answer, but I think it would be likely that you could.

Also, you should be able to recover your files just fine.
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17 Oct 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

OK, quick reply. Go for 64 bit. With 32-bit Windows, you're stuck at 4GB of RAM, and even then, you're only using about 3.3GB of it. With 64-bit, 4GB of RAM is the standard, and with 4GB, you can run tons of applications with zero slowdown. Also it makes your system more futureproof, so you can take your system to 8GB, 16GB or 32GB memory.
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17 Oct 2010   #4
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

They already said they are switching, you don't have to convince them
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17 Oct 2010   #5
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
Unless you're planning on upgrading RAM and switching to 64 bit applications, you probably won't notice the difference.

I can't answer the themes question with a difinitive answer, but I think it would be likely that you could.

Also, you should be able to recover your files just fine.
OK, that's good to know. Anyhow, if I encounter problems, I'll just switch back to 32bit.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
OK, quick reply. Go for 64 bit. With 32-bit Windows, you're stuck at 4GB of RAM, and even then, you're only using about 3.3GB of it. With 64-bit, 4GB of RAM is the standard, and with 4GB, you can run tons of applications with zero slowdown. Also it makes your system more futureproof, so you can take your system to 8GB, 16GB or 32GB memory.
Exactly! My RAM says '4.00GB (3.25 Usable)'...

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Well anyway, I'm backing up important files and switching to 64bit! Thanks for your quick replies!
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17 Oct 2010   #6
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
They already said they are switching, you don't have to convince them
BTW, I am a single entity. So technically, I can't be referred to as 'They' or 'Them' .
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17 Oct 2010   #7
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

HeShe then?

I was using they as a non-gender singular noun
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17 Oct 2010   #8
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

make sure you have 64bit drivers during install.
and you might find this usefull:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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17 Oct 2010   #9
t4akawolf

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 (UPDATE: Now x64!)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
HeShe then?

I was using they as a non-gender singular noun
Ah, pardon me, madame (monsieur?). I'm French, you see. I pride myself on my English skills. So much so, that I sometimes overlook small mistakes on my part .

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Nah, jk. I ain't French. But I still overlook small mistakes on my part


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kword88 View Post
make sure you have 64bit drivers during install.
and you might find this usefull:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
But Win7 has most drivers in-built right? If not, won't Windows Update do that for me?

And the link you posted leads to a long tutorial. So (forgive me) I haven't read it yet. What exactly is it anyway? And how is it useful to me?
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17 Oct 2010   #10
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I don't even try anymore, so many people just b***h about sexism I like to avoid it all, so since high school I've trained myself to use non gender specific terms to refer to people whom the gender is not known of.

It's a tutorial on wiping your HDD/SSD clean before a new install. It's a good thing to do for a nice installation.
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