I want to upgrade to the windows 7 64 bit

January 20, 2011 at 14:14:07
Specs: Windows 7, 64 x2 Dual Core /4gig
I have a window 7 32 bit running on my system and have it backed up to my external hard drive, if I upgrade to the Windows 7 64 bit disc can I r-einstall my 32 bit back up with all my programes and backed up files and settings

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#1
January 20, 2011 at 15:17:01
That depends on entirely what you mean by "backed up everything". How is it backed up. In most cases simply copying the 32 bit files back onto the 64bit o/s will not get your programs running. Windows 7 64bit can run 32bit applications just fine, but the programs will likely need re-installing....data no problem.

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#2
January 20, 2011 at 15:23:10
When I did the Windows 7 backup it backed up my programes and my data then made a mirror image of my pc, the flies are over 100gig so I'm assuming all my programes are on the external backup

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#3
January 20, 2011 at 15:48:13
If you don't need the 64 bit version, I would leave it alone. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just trying to save you a lot of headaches.

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#4
January 20, 2011 at 18:47:45
There is a common misconception that a 64 bit OS is faster then 32 bit. With rare exceptions the reverse will be true. When running 32 bit applications (most of your applications) a 32 bit OS will almost always be faster.

Upgrading to a 64 bit OS will require a clean install of the OS and all applications. You cannot restore them from backup. You may have a problem obtaining drivers for some devices and there could be issues wilt application compatibility.

Upgrading to a 64 bit OS will be a lot of trouble and you will have little to nothing to show for it. 64 bit systems are the future. But that future is not yet here.


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#5
January 20, 2011 at 19:07:36
I think I shall justt add the extra 2 gig of ram and stay with the 32 bit.....until the next pc in a few years

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#6
January 21, 2011 at 06:21:19
If you already have 4GB RAM, don't bother adding more, 32bit only supports up to 4GB and you will only show between 3.25GB and 3.5GB in windows so it will be a waste. any additional RAM CAN be used by integrated graphics (your remaining .75GB) and someone said your paging file can use some of it, but that is about all.
Depending on your uses and your current video, adding a better graphics card will make a much bigger difference anyway if you are looking for an improvement in games and some programs.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
January 21, 2011 at 06:32:38
I do have 2 gig of ram at the moment but another 2 is on its way which is why I was thinking of upgrading to the 64 bit.....

You have already guessed my next idea, which is to update the graphics card...this is the thing that seems to be keeping my pc score down at 4.1


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#8
January 21, 2011 at 07:07:10
Are you using the gpu on the chip or do you have a card installed now? As Fingers said, with the new 2 gigs of ram you'll be adding, it will only use 3.5 or less gigs. I upgraded my ram from 2 to 4 gigs and performance difference was minimal.

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#9
January 21, 2011 at 07:35:49
PC says I have a Radeon X1300/X1550

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#10
January 21, 2011 at 15:21:08
I think that series graphics card (depending on which in the series you have) is their low end cards. On a quick search I only came up with PCI cards of the 1300 variety so before you get a new graphics card make sure what graphics slot you have. Ideally you should have a PCIe 16x slot preferably of the 2x variety, but if you only have the PCIe 1x or an older AGP slot or only PCI slots, you need to know this before laying your money down. For gaming you really need the fastest possible slot, but for most other uses you can get by fine if you know ahead of time and buy carefully.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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