Solved Win7 64bit games

June 15, 2011 at 13:29:29
Specs: Win7, 8 Gig
Hi guys, I am thinking about re-installing Win7 with 64x to take advantage of a few things such as stability and access to my extra ram beyond 4 gig.

My question is..as I understand it most games are 64bit compatible such as farcry 2 , crysis 2 etc.. but would I need to re-install those games for them to work as 64bit, as apose to running emulated in 32bit mode if I don't reinstall them?

As I understand it these games don't have seperate 64x installers so I was wondering if they will just function as 64bit games....?

Thanks for your input.


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#1
June 15, 2011 at 14:35:23
There is no upgrade path from 32 bit to 64 bit Windows 7 so you would need to do a clean install of the OS. That means backing up and restoring your data and reinstalling all applications.

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#2
June 15, 2011 at 14:46:35
Thanks, yep I know there is no upgrade, I was definatley going to do a clean reinstall, however in the past when I have reinstalled Win7 32bit clean before I don't have to reinstall my games as they just work when I open steam (They are installed on second partition) , I was just wondering how they will react since they were initially installed on a 32bit Windows if I clean install on 64bit..?

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#3
June 15, 2011 at 15:43:06
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If the games were originally installed they should be reinstalled after reinstalling the OS, even if they are on a separate partition.

If the games are currently running under a 32 bit OS they are 32 bit applications and nothing is going to change that. Most (but not all) 32 bit applications will run under a 64 bit OS but they will always remain 32 bit applications, even if they are reinstalled. 64 bit installers are only for native 64 bit applications.

Your games may run without reinstalling them but this is not a supported scenario. There is no way of knowing what problems you might face.


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#4
June 15, 2011 at 17:45:59
Hey good information, thanks alot for your time.

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