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Windows 7 32bit to Windows 7 64bit RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I would like to replace my 32 bit operating system with the 64 bit operating system. When I bought Windows 7 it came with both disks and I don't know why I didn't do 64 bit. I don't care about any of my files on my computer, I just want the 64 bit so I can use more of my RAM. Please just give me a step by step process. Also will the code that the box came in work?

    Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:47 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    To run a 64-bit version of Windows 7, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. To find out if your processor is 64-bit-capable in Windows 7, do the following:

    1. Open Control Panel and type Performance Information and Tools in the search box. Press Enter then click Performance Information and Tools.

    2. Click View and print detailed performance and system information.

    To install  64-bit version of Windows 7,you can follow the steps below:

    1. Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.

    2. Restart your computer.

    3. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

    4. On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

    5. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

    6. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

    7. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, choose the partition containing your previous version of Windows (this is often the computer's C: drive),

    and then click Next.

    8. In the Windows.old dialog box, click OK.

    9. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.

    For more information, you can refer to this link:

    Installing and reinstalling Windows             

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-hk/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7

    Monday, June 23, 2014 8:25 AM

All replies

  • You will need to clean install Windows 64bit using the Custom option (not the Upgrade option) during the initial part of the installation. See the section "Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7..." on this page:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows

    Also please read the following page, especially the section "Installing a 64-bit version of Windows 7 on a computer running a 32-bit version of Windows"

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows

    Your product key should work for the 64-bit version but later, if internet activation fails, you will need to try phone activation.
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 1:25 AM
  • When i try to use the 64 bit disk it says that the disk isn't compatible with the operating system, and it tells me to put in the correct disk.
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 1:30 AM
  • Are you trying to use the disk while your 32bit Windows is running (incorrect) or are you trying to boot from the disk (correct)?

    Did you read through the pages linked to above ?

    Just to check that your computer is capable of running 64bit Windows, download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from:

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:10 AM
  • When I restart my computer (shut off then turn back on) with the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit software disk in the tray, nothing happens, windows just starts normally, it never prompts me to press a key. 
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:20 AM
  • Is this the first time you have tried to install Windows?

    You must enter your BIOS setup (usually by tapping the DEL key soon after powering on your computer) and set your optical disk drive to be first in the boot order. Save and exit the BIOS. 


    • Edited by mystifeid Sunday, June 22, 2014 3:02 AM
    Sunday, June 22, 2014 3:02 AM
  • Hi,

    • Start PC
    • Open DVD drive
    • Insert the 64-bit disc
    • Restart PC, making sure the first device has been set to the DVD drive in the BIOS/UEFI (I cannot give you step by step on this procedure, as it differs from manufacturer to manufacturer)
    • Once setup starts, click on Custom
    • After some time (at the last few steps of setup), the setup will ask you for a product key (the key you got works for either version of Windows)
    • Type it in
    • Afterwards you let the setup continue, and you will be welcomed by the Windows desktop.

    P.S.: Check if Windows is activated by going to System Properties, and scrolling down. It should say Windows is activated. If it doesn't you may need to manually activate Windows.


    Preveen

    Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:17 PM
  • Hi,

    To run a 64-bit version of Windows 7, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. To find out if your processor is 64-bit-capable in Windows 7, do the following:

    1. Open Control Panel and type Performance Information and Tools in the search box. Press Enter then click Performance Information and Tools.

    2. Click View and print detailed performance and system information.

    To install  64-bit version of Windows 7,you can follow the steps below:

    1. Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.

    2. Restart your computer.

    3. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

    4. On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

    5. On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

    6. On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

    7. On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, choose the partition containing your previous version of Windows (this is often the computer's C: drive),

    and then click Next.

    8. In the Windows.old dialog box, click OK.

    9. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.

    For more information, you can refer to this link:

    Installing and reinstalling Windows             

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-hk/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7

    Monday, June 23, 2014 8:25 AM