locked
Upgrading from Windows 7 32bit to 64bit.

    Question

  • I have a question,

    I recently took delivery of my new Dell, which came with the 32bit version of Windows 7, however the PC is capable of running at 64bit.

    If I install Windows 7 32bit twice would that make it 64bit?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:15 PM

Answers

  • Hi fwitt,

     

    Install Windows 7 32-bit twice would not make it 64-bit…

     

    The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system. If you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 32-bit version of Windows. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 64-bit version of Windows.

     

    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows, you'll need to back up your files and then perform a Custom installation of the 64-bit version of Windows. For more information, see Installing and reinstalling Windows.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    • Proposed as answer by Chris Steding Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:59 PM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, May 17, 2010 2:04 AM
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:24 AM

All replies

  • Hi fwitt,

     

    Install Windows 7 32-bit twice would not make it 64-bit…

     

    The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system. If you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 32-bit version of Windows. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 64-bit version of Windows.

     

    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows, you'll need to back up your files and then perform a Custom installation of the 64-bit version of Windows. For more information, see Installing and reinstalling Windows.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

     

    Regards,

    Linda

     

    • Proposed as answer by Chris Steding Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:59 PM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Monday, May 17, 2010 2:04 AM
    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:24 AM
  • hi fwittt,

     

    kindly give us your dell specs...

    cost if you're using 4 gb of ram or higher now...

    you can absolutely install a 64 bit win7...

    however, your 32 bit win7 can only use 2gb of your ram...

    you can notice this on your system property...

    you installed 4gb of ram or higher but it display/using only 2gb of ram...

     

    now is the time to install 64 bit win7...

    to use the full potencial of your 4gb or higher ram...

     

    i hope this info helps you...

    GOD Bless...

     


    • Edited by Tsarlie Boi Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:54 PM
    Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:52 PM
  • Not entirely true... system can still address about 3.49 GB of the 4.00 GB installed capacity, but yes, it is unable to take full advantage of the system resources. I just did this for a system using 32-bit windows 7 and the "system score" improved from a 2.2 to 3.7 with the memory and cpu performance doubling. 
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 9:32 PM
  • I have a question,

    I recently took delivery of my new Dell, which came with the 32bit version of Windows 7, however the PC is capable of running at 64bit.

    If I install Windows 7 32bit twice would that make it 64bit?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    That was the most amazing thread that I have found since I started replying on Technet forums.

    Even on Facebook, that is starting to get spread. Link to it: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=300909059939654&set=a.199799043383990.50768.197812326915995&type=1&theater

    Anyway, upgrading from a 32 Bit OS to a 64 bit one is not supported. You have to perform a clean install using a Windows 7 64 install media.

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Microsoft Student Partner 2010 / 2011
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows 7, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator
    Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator
    Microsoft Certified Trainer

    • Edited by Mr XMVP Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:22 PM add info
    Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:19 PM
  • Interesting,

     

    This is so called out of box thinking. :), We need to answer this question twice - (32bit reply + 32bit reply) = 64bit perfect answer :)

    Regards,

    -Arun


    Arun Kumar | MCSE:W2K3 + Messaging | MCTS:Exchange 2007 | MCTS:OCS 2007 R2 | ITIL-F V3
    Wednesday, January 04, 2012 5:43 PM
  • so does your nokia has DVD drive?
    Arun Kumar | MCSE:W2K3 + Messaging | MCTS:Exchange 2007 | MCTS:OCS 2007 R2 | ITIL-F V3
    Thursday, January 05, 2012 6:28 PM
  • @Admins

     

    : Can be archieve this thread for no further reply????


    Arun Kumar | MCSE:W2K3 + Messaging | MCTS:Exchange 2007 | MCTS:OCS 2007 R2 | ITIL-F V3
    Thursday, January 05, 2012 6:29 PM
  • Actually most of this is true, but everyone is leaving 1 very important detail:  You need to have at least a dual-core processor, one core for each instance of Windows 7 32.  A quad core would be better since you could allocate 2 cores per each instance.  Also be sure you have adequate cooling for your tower.  You may need to add an extra fan or two since it will be twice as fast.
    Friday, January 06, 2012 8:26 PM
  • No we can't ...

     

    Win32bit and win64 bit are totally different its based on System Architecture..

     

    but seriously it will make me laugh whole  day and our office person enjoyed lot even they are not involved win 7 works.

     

    Cool.


    Saturday, January 07, 2012 10:53 AM
  • Sorry

    • Proposed as answer by Kitaab Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:34 AM
    • Edited by Kitaab Monday, July 16, 2012 7:06 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Kitaab Monday, July 16, 2012 7:06 PM
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:31 AM
  • Hi 

    I wonder if you can help as you seam to know what you are talking about.

    I have a 32 Bit Windows Pro PC with 4 Gbts of Ram.

    the Question is;

    Can I upgrade the software to a 64 Bit PC via the web?

    Thanking you in advance

    God Bless one and all.

     

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 5:53 PM
  • HI,,

    i am using windows 7 ultimate 32bit i installed 6 gb ram but it is showing 2.93gb usable if ineed to increse the usable memory wahat i need to do


    a.kesavamallikarjuna
    • Proposed as answer by 07301a0525 Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:57 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by 07301a0525 Tuesday, January 24, 2012 5:57 AM
    Monday, January 23, 2012 10:48 AM
  • Hi Fwitt

    <Serious> Be aware there is no way to upgrade your OS from 32bit to 64bit... This will mean you would lose all settings and all application will need to be re-installed. That being said there if you only have 4gb ram there is not many reason why you would want to upgrade to 64bit.</Serious>

    <side note>While i appreciate that this may not be funny for you... the quesiton did make me smile as it is similar to asking if paining a blue wall the same colour blue will make it look like a darker shade of blue... </side note>

    Alan

     


    Alan Burchill (MVP)
    http://www.grouppolicy.biz

    @alanburchill
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:11 AM
  • Okay guys,

    Every time I try to dual-install Windows 7 I get an "Windows 14: System not developed" error. I need to upgrade a lot of clients to Windows 7 64bit so this error is very annoying.

    Maybe somebody can explain the exact Windows 7 32bit to Windows 64bit dual installation upgrade in more detail. I think I am missing a crucial step here.

    Cheers!

    Jack

    Wednesday, February 01, 2012 9:01 AM
  • Best question ever asked.
    Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:42 AM
  • I made a more radical upgrade 5 years ago. I had a 32bit Windows notebook and then upgraded it to 64bit MacBook Pro, which cost me twice as much as the 32bit notebook. This made perfect sense to me - I got twice as much bits! You get what you've paid for.
    • Edited by Yakov Fain Friday, April 06, 2012 12:55 PM
    Friday, April 06, 2012 12:47 PM
  • JustnotaTechie asks: First i have a windows 7 32bit. I have items that can only be run in 64bit. You say above: "put in a 32 bit Windows 7 CD, and boot up, when it asks for upgrade or custom, choose upgrade, then select the option that says upgrade 32+32=64bit edition". Now in doing this, (1) do I use the same product Key? (2) Do I have to pay for this option upgrade? (3) Am I going to lose whatever material I have on the 32bit when this option of the upgrade goes through? (4) As for the drivers, "do they get updated and is there any problems for this to happen through the windows update feature in windows 7?

    Thank you for your valuable time. I greatly apppreciate it

    Sunday, April 15, 2012 1:31 AM
  • HI,,

    i am using windows 7 ultimate 32bit i installed 6 gb ram but it is showing 2.93gb usable if ineed to increse the usable memory wahat i need to do


    a.kesavamallikarjuna

    You need to upgrade to a 64 bit version of windows 7.
    Sunday, April 15, 2012 7:40 AM
  • I have a question,

    I recently took delivery of my new Dell, which came with the 32bit version of Windows 7, however the PC is capable of running at 64bit.

    If I install Windows 7 32bit twice would that make it 64bit?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    This is seriously the most advanced, difficult question that I have ever seen on Microsoft Technet forums... lol, respect for the creative thinking duwde... but it won't work... by a legal x64 bit DVD from W7, you could also almost buy 8?
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:13 PM
  • I have a question,

    I recently took delivery of my new Dell, which came with the 32bit version of Windows 7, however the PC is capable of running at 64bit.

    If I install Windows 7 32bit twice would that make it 64bit?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    If you install Windows 7 32bit twice you will unlock the hidden feature. Windows 14 64bit this feature will make your computer amazingly fast. So yes go have a try!!
    Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:47 PM
  • Best Question I have read in a long time hehehehe

    Seriously, You will not have a windows 7 64 bit by installing windows 7 32 bit twice. I don't know if this is meant as a joke or a serious question but I smiled when I read the question.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:59 PM
  • There is a problem with upgrading Windows 32 bit to 64 bit by installing it twice. If you are using it for any wordprocessing applications including Word, Powerpoint, Access and Excel, the alphabet generator in the computer gets overloaded because two operating systems are demanding double the number of lettering to stick on to the inside of your monitor screen.

    Recent tests have shown that even with moderate use, a successfully hacked 64 bit installation done by joining two 32bit installations together results in the letter "e" running out. You either have to wait about 90 seconds for more "e" letters to be manufactured by the alphabet generator or alternatively, save a whole page of "e" letters on a USB stick and copy and paste them into your document as you need them.  In extreme instances, it's been reported that the letter "t" can also be depleted by using this hack. It has even been reported in some forums that the alphabet generator has overheated and has burnt out or has caused other damage to the insides of the PC. As all us PC experts know, alphabet generators are difficult to find. There is also the thorny issue of the internal monitor wipers.  These are wipers that are fitted inside your monitor, that are used when you hit the backspace key to remove the letters that have been stuck on. They too can end up being overladed if you join up two 32 bit systems and they are expensive to replace as it requires specialist heavy duty hammers to fix them with.

    So, fwitt, my suggestion is to stay with 32 bit, unless you are using your pc for heavy graphics / video processing, you won't need the extra kick from 64 bit and you will be safe in the knowledge that the alphabet generator will be working reliably as well as the internal lettering wipers in your screen. 

    Friday, May 18, 2012 9:52 PM
  • There is a problem with upgrading Windows 32 bit to 64 bit by installing it twice. If you are using it for any wordprocessing applications including Word, Powerpoint, Access and Excel, the alphabet generator in the computer gets overloaded because two operating systems are demanding double the number of lettering to stick on to the inside of your monitor screen.

    Recent tests have shown that even with moderate use, a successfully hacked 64 bit installation done by joining two 32bit installations together results in the letter "e" running out. You either have to wait about 90 seconds for more "e" letters to be manufactured by the alphabet generator or alternatively, save a whole page of "e" letters on a USB stick and copy and paste them into your document as you need them.  In extreme instances, it's been reported that the letter "t" can also be depleted by using this hack. It has even been reported in some forums that the alphabet generator has overheated and has burnt out or has caused other damage to the insides of the PC. As all us PC experts know, alphabet generators are difficult to find. There is also the thorny issue of the internal monitor wipers.  These are wipers that are fitted inside your monitor, that are used when you hit the backspace key to remove the letters that have been stuck on. They too can end up being overladed if you join up two 32 bit systems and they are expensive to replace as it requires specialist heavy duty hammers to fix them with.

    So, fwitt, my suggestion is to stay with 32 bit, unless you are using your pc for heavy graphics / video processing, you won't need the extra kick from 64 bit and you will be safe in the knowledge that the alphabet generator will be working reliably as well as the internal lettering wipers in your screen. 

    Try using OpenOffice instead of MS Office. It works fine with 64-bit Windows. The trick used in OpenOffice is multi-threaded alphabet mirroring so that all they need is one of each character, which is then mirrored twice (so it won't appear reading backwards) and repeated as often as needed to build a screen image. The cool thing is that both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of OpenOffice only need one "original" of each character. This technology means twice as much load on the lettering wipers because of the characters being mirrored twice, but that's more than compensated for by not having to use the MS Office technique of manufacturing so many characters from scratch to place on the monitor.

    TIP: When you have trouble using MS Office to open documents created in MS Office, keep in mind that it's a known problem. The proper work-around is to only use OpenOffice to open MS Office documents.

    • Edited by x8tmc8x Monday, July 16, 2012 12:15 PM
    Monday, July 16, 2012 10:12 AM
  • I agree totally, I think everyone can lend him a bit so it might go up to 64 bit and turn windows into 64bit! lol

    Mohammed JH

    Saturday, October 06, 2012 8:35 AM
  • Every type of windows only have 2 (two) Group, 32 Bit and 64 Bit.

    For the 32 Bit only can support 3Gb of RAM, but this day many user want great speed so they need more RAM and they must use 64 Bit Of Operating System. I think you must change your OS to become 64 bit, you can buy at any store.

    Before you do that:

    • you must back-up your data
    • search 64 bit software that you usually use and
    • of course you need 64 bit Driver. 
    Saturday, February 02, 2013 12:27 PM
  • Similar thing happened to me too..

    When I installed Win 7 64bit on my Dell PC just before completing the power gone and  it got installed only 61 bit.

    After that most of my applications started behaving differently and are doing their job only 90 %. 

    Any help is appreciated !!  

    Friday, May 31, 2013 10:30 AM