Upgrading from Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 8.1 64 bit RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have Windows 7 32 bit. Recognizing I can't upgrade to 64 bit and over write the 32 bit system my question

    I have multiple SSD. My existing winn7 occupies C:\

    Can I install the new windows 8.1 64 bit on a separate drive and then rename it to the C:\ drive


    Should I disable the existing win 7 root drive. Go through the boot process of starting Win8.1 in the CD, having it designate C:\ etc and continue the install. Then re-connect (if I need too) the other SSD for the data files

    Or, should I shut up and let you advise me the best way to convert to Windows 8.1 64 bit with an existing Windows 7 32 bit :)


    While I'm begging for help what is the best method to copy/save Gmail email folders and files as a flash or cd file prior to the system change


    Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:40 PM


All replies

  • Best option can be, take a backup and format the desktop to Windows 8.1 :)

    Also, you can dual boot Win 7 and Windows 8.1.

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    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:23 AM
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 3:28 AM
  • Hi,

    Agreed with the suggestions mentioned by Arnav Sharma.

    If you want to do an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, please refer to the below article:

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7

    And if you would like to configure dual boot OS, please take a look at the below articles:

    Install more than one operating system (multiboot)

    How to do a dual boot installation with Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Best regards

    Michael Shao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:23 AM
    • Marked as answer by Michael_Martin Tuesday, June 3, 2014 7:57 PM
    Thursday, May 22, 2014 6:53 AM
  • puedes utilizar MDT aquí el enlace oficial http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn475741.aspx

    Freelance-IT http://www.freelance-it.com.mx

    Thursday, May 22, 2014 8:30 PM
  • Kindly note that upgrade across architecture is not possible, meaning, upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa is not supported, irrespective of the Windows version. Hence, as Arnav Sharma and Michael Shao say, you can install Windows 8.1 as dual boot or backup your important/personal content and proceed with clean install. 

    You can refer the following links:



    Balaji Kundalam

    Friday, May 23, 2014 4:19 AM