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  • Question

  • Brand new laptop. Out of the box Windows 7 32-bit, already installed. No files to back-up. How do I upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit?
    Friday, February 25, 2011 5:51 PM

Answers

  • Clean install.  There is no way to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.  Plus you'll probably have to have media if it wasn't included with your laptop.

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    john


    John Wildes | Senior Enterprise Architect | United Airlines | Desktop Engineering
    • Proposed as answer by Chris Steding Friday, February 25, 2011 8:13 PM
    • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Monday, February 28, 2011 6:50 AM
    Friday, February 25, 2011 6:20 PM

All replies

  • Clean install.  There is no way to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.  Plus you'll probably have to have media if it wasn't included with your laptop.

    r/
    john


    John Wildes | Senior Enterprise Architect | United Airlines | Desktop Engineering
    • Proposed as answer by Chris Steding Friday, February 25, 2011 8:13 PM
    • Marked as answer by Miya Yao Monday, February 28, 2011 6:50 AM
    Friday, February 25, 2011 6:20 PM
  • On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:51:50 +0000, ArizonaWest wrote:

    Brand new laptop. Out of the box Windows 7 32-bit, already installed. 
    No files to back-up. How do I upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit?

    You can not. The only way to change the "bitness" of Windows is by a
    clean installation.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Friday, February 25, 2011 6:43 PM
  • On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 18:43:21 +0000, K Blake <kblake@kb.invalid> wrote:

    On Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:51:50 +0000, ArizonaWest wrote:

    Brand new laptop. Out of the box Windows 7 32-bit, already installed. 
    No files to back-up. How do I upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit?

    You can not. The only way to change the "bitness" of Windows is by a
    clean installation.

    And I also meant to say that, before doing anything, make sure your
    laptop has a 64-bit CPU. If it doesn't, you can not even get to 64-bit
    Windows with a clean installation.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Friday, February 25, 2011 6:45 PM