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I was attempting to upgrade Window 7 x86 to x64

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August 11, 2013 10:16:39 AM

While I was attempting to upgrade from Windows ultimate 7 x86 to a x64 bit because I realized x86 meant x32 several problems occured.

Apparently these were my problems

*Your current version of Windows is more recent than the version you are trying to upgrade to. Windows cannot complete the upgrade.


*32-bit Windows cannot be upgraded to a 64-bit version of Windows. To upgrade, obtain a 32-bit version of the Windows installation disc.

How do I turn a 64 bit iso to a 32 bit version that upgrades my OS ?

More about : attempting upgrade window x86 x64

August 11, 2013 10:22:02 AM

By the way I don't have any Blank DVDs so I used a usb, and my form of method was just to click on it while my OS is on instead of the BiOs where I can't activate it for some reason. I also converted the IOS to USB I believe
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August 11, 2013 10:23:50 AM

you format and start again.
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August 11, 2013 10:25:30 AM

You cannot turn a 32-bit ISO into a 64-bit ISO. You need to buy another ISO from Microsoft. Usually when you buy Windows it comes with two CDs (1 x 32-bit and 1 x 64-bit). But if you got a computer from a major manufacturer like Dell, HP, Acer, etc... they might only provide the original installation CD that came with it, which could be only 32-bit or only 64-bit. Contact your manufacturer if you want to get the other disk.

Important: Also note that you cannot upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. You need to do a full Windows installation (reformat). So back-up your data before doing it.
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August 11, 2013 10:26:00 AM

The only way to upgrade 32 to 64 bit is to do a fresh install (you can't run it from in windows, you have to boot from the DVD - or flash drive - and format the drive).

What happens when you try to boot from the USB drive? What error do you see (and when do you see it)? What model of system do you have?
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August 11, 2013 10:32:06 AM

Well why I boot from the BiOs with my usb it claims that I have A windows installation cd in it and that I should take it out which i had none. And this other one Also claims that I have a Windows Installation media and that I should remove it.
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August 11, 2013 11:02:36 AM

Where did you get the version of Windows you are trying to upgrade with? As mentioned, the only way to go from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS, or vice-versa is to do a clean install, the verions are not compatible for a physical in place upgrade. The only part of the "upgrade" that means anything is the license. The license can be applied to the new installation from your old OS, so you only have to buy the upgrade version. But the actual install is a fresh installation.
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August 11, 2013 11:19:09 AM

I got the IOS from my friend and it is windows 7 ultimate x64
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August 11, 2013 11:41:15 AM

Sounds like a pirated version... I'd be very surprised your friend spent 350$ on a Ultimate license and just gave it to you as a gift. Just buy a Home Premium 64-bit license instead, they cost much less.

Sorry but we can't help you with illegal software, it's against forum rules.
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August 11, 2013 2:04:43 PM

Thank you for telling me, I thought He gave me a real IOS sorry for the trouble. I will look into windows home 7.
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August 11, 2013 2:04:47 PM

Thank you for telling me, I thought He gave me a real IOS sorry for the trouble. I will look into windows home 7.
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