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Upgrade Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit RRS feed

  • Question

  • How to upgrade windows 7 with 32-bit to 64-bit please?

    Need I to do that on a disc or is that possible on USB key?

    Monday, June 30, 2014 10:15 AM

Answers

  • 1st:  There is no "UPGRADE" from 32-bit to 64-bit. You must do a clean install of 64-bit and re-install your applications.

    2nd:  You can use either a DVD or a USB Flash Drive to install 64-bit Windows 7.


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    Monday, June 30, 2014 10:18 AM
  • Hi Ryan,

    Like Rick said, You can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation, which preserves your files, settings, and programs, only if you're currently running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade to the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7.

    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:21 AM
    Moderator
  • These folk are correct Ryan. You can only wipe and load when it comes to changing from a 32 bit to 64 bit architecture.
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:29 AM

All replies

  • 1st:  There is no "UPGRADE" from 32-bit to 64-bit. You must do a clean install of 64-bit and re-install your applications.

    2nd:  You can use either a DVD or a USB Flash Drive to install 64-bit Windows 7.


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ”

    Monday, June 30, 2014 10:18 AM
  • Hi Ryan,

    Like Rick said, You can use the Upgrade option during Windows 7 installation, which preserves your files, settings, and programs, only if you're currently running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista and you want to upgrade to the 32-bit version of Windows 7. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only perform an upgrade to a 64-bit version of Windows 7.

    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:21 AM
    Moderator
  • These folk are correct Ryan. You can only wipe and load when it comes to changing from a 32 bit to 64 bit architecture.
    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:29 AM