Solved Question on 64bit installation

Gigabyte / G41mt-s2p
July 25, 2012 at 09:18:21
Specs: Windows 7, 3 GHz / 2012 MB
i heard that if i want to install Windows 7 (64bit)
it will format my whole disk drive to be installed is that true ??

i want to install it without formating anything...
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i mean all my disk drives
my disk drive splited into three drives [C,D,E].
i know that "C:/" drive which contain my current windows will be formatted and i want it to be formatted
but i mean will drive [D,E] will be formatted too ??
as i knowed that in the installation it force me to format the whole hard disk


OS: Windows 7 32-Bit
Sorry for my bad English.


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July 25, 2012 at 10:38:15
You mean you have 3 partitions (sections) on your hard drive, when you install windows, you have an option on which partition you want to install windows, so if you want to install windows on drive c, format drive c and install windows on that, the other 2 will be uneffected.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.



#1
July 25, 2012 at 09:34:57
Yes, you have to install a new copy of windows 7.
You can't upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.

You could copy important files, files you couldn't get back if deleted by someone else, to a memory stick.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
July 25, 2012 at 09:50:11
It appears you already have Win7 32-bit installed. What do you expect to gain by changing to the 64-bit version? If you don't add more RAM, what you should expect is to take a performance hit. The minimum RAM recommended for Win7 32-bit is 1GB, the minimum for 64-bit is 2GB. Unless you plan on installing over 4GB RAM, I suggest you just keep your system as it is. But as stated above, if you really want to do this, you WILL have to format.

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#3
July 25, 2012 at 10:34:32
no i mean all my disk drives

my disk drive splited into three drives [C,D,E].
i know that "C:/" drive which contain my current windows will be formatted and i want it to be formatted

but i mean will drive [D,E] will be formatted too ??
as i knowed that in the installation it force me to format the whole hard disk

By the way, yes i'am currently using Win7 32-bit


OS: Windows 7 32-Bit
Sorry for my bad English.


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#4
July 25, 2012 at 10:38:15
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You mean you have 3 partitions (sections) on your hard drive, when you install windows, you have an option on which partition you want to install windows, so if you want to install windows on drive c, format drive c and install windows on that, the other 2 will be uneffected.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#5
July 25, 2012 at 15:28:56
As noted above you will not gain anything from going from 32 bit to 64 bit.

The partition you tell it to install to will be deleted or erased before it installs. If you don't use the correct one then the wrong choice will be deleted.

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#6
July 25, 2012 at 15:47:44
As riider mentions, if you upgrade to 64-bit, you'll be RAM-starved at 2GB. Your other drives won't be affected if you install on the same drive Windows 32-bit is installed (assuming "C"), but unless you get to 6GB of RAM or better, you're gonna be sorely disappointed. Also, any Windows applications will likely have to be re-installed as well...

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#7
July 25, 2012 at 19:50:29
All above are quite true.

You will need to format only the system partition but if you choose wrong (the letters are meaningless during the install, you need to go by the partition's capacities or sizes, to tell the difference between them) you will wipe out the wrong one. Because of this, back up all of your files and/or make images of the drives you want to save so if needed, you can restore them.

Any drive with personal files on it will still be useful, but any programs that are on those drives will need to be reinstalled anyway. If any of the partitions are entirely programs, you might as well format them as well and start out cleaner.

Only go through this trouble if you plan on immediately upgrade to at least 4GB of RAM. Otherwise you will loose usable memory since the 64bit OS uses nearly an entire GB more memory by itself than the 32bit version does.

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#8
July 25, 2012 at 19:53:56
If the other drives/ partitions contain programs then they will all need to be re-installed. Same goes for all your hardware drivers if Windows doesn't load them automatically.

If you have some idea that the 64 bit version will be faster, you probably won't see any difference.


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