Solved Upgrading from Win7 32bit to 64bit?

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
May 26, 2014 at 03:09:12
Specs: Windows 7, 2.1Ghz
Hey! Just wanted to ask if the Upgrade option on the 64bit Windows 7 disk does not wipe all of my files... I'm currently running 32bit and my PC is 64bit compatible... I currently have so many applications installed that I need and also project files... And my external HDD doesn't have enough space to backup all 400GB files and applications that I need...

I saw that there is an upgrade option in the 64bit disk and it says that it will keep my files, settings and programs.. Will it really keep it and also my files? What else does it delete other than the old 32bit files?

I'm tired of a freaking piece of crap pc o.O


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#1
May 26, 2014 at 03:38:25
You cannot upgrade a 32-bit installation of Windows to 64-bit. You have to do a clean install which will wipe the disk. Any data needs to be moved to another disk or partition; any programs will need to be reinstalled from the installation CDs.

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#2
May 26, 2014 at 03:39:54
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Even if you weren't upgrading it's very foolish not to have your data backed up to another location in case the hard drive fails that your data is on.

"I saw that there is an upgrade option in the 64bit disk and it says that it will keep my files, settings and programs"

That only applies if you are upgrading from an earlier 64-bit version of Windows like Vista 64-bit.

To change from Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit requires a clean install of Windows, which means you first have to reformat the partition containing your existing 32-bit installation.

So you must back up all your data first that's on that partition.
When 64-bit Windows 7 has installed and is up and running, you must then install 64-bit drivers from your PC maker's website, then reinstall your third-party programs.

If your existing external HDD doesn't have enough free space for your data, you will have to buy another external HDD.

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#3
May 26, 2014 at 04:01:43
Oh.. Okay thanks :) Guess I have no choice but to delete things and reinstall windows then...

I'm tired of a freaking piece of crap pc o.O


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