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Upgrading from Windows 32-bit to 64-bit without loosing settings and data?

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January 3, 2014 6:11:47 AM

Hello everyone,

Recently, I have made the decision to upgrade my 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit (don't want Windows 8) so I can make use of all of my 8Gb's of memory (currently, only 2.97Gb's is usable). How would I go about doing this without loosing all of my current data and settings?
a c 518 $ Windows 7
January 3, 2014 6:14:56 AM

32bit to 64bit is a full reinstall.

Save ALL of your stuff elsewhere first.
Files, passwords, application install files, etc, etc.
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January 3, 2014 6:28:25 AM

Before you begin the upgrade make sure you can get 64 bit drivers for all of your peripherals. Some old hardware, if you have any, probably won't have 64 bit drivers. I still use an old style POTS modem to connect to some rural machines that don't have modern internet connections and I would have to buy a new modem if I upgraded to 64 bit. That's just an example. A lot of hardware manufacturers would rather sell you a new piece of equipment with new drivers than write updated drivers for their old products.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 3, 2014 6:28:26 AM

There is no straight upgrade path from 32 to 64-bit that will allow you to keep things the way they were. You will need to do as USAFRet said and store your data somewhere else then perform a clean install.

There is no way around it......
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January 3, 2014 6:49:51 AM

Thank you all for your help.
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January 3, 2014 7:56:19 AM

I've just finished backing up my files onto an external drive. What do I do now? Format my internal hdd and wipe all the data before I do the clean install?
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January 3, 2014 8:06:31 AM

Computer__GUY said:
I've just finished backing up my files onto an external drive. What do I do now? Format my internal hdd and wipe all the data before I do the clean install?


During the install, you'll be given the option of wiping all the partitions on the disk. No need to format first.
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January 3, 2014 8:12:56 AM

Is their a way in which I don't have to format the hdd and I can just transfer all my data from the two OS's?
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January 3, 2014 8:17:20 AM

Normally what you could do is not format the drive and install windows on the existing partition the once windows has finished the installation you would have a folder called windows.old with all the data from the previous install. However since you are going from 32-bit to 64-bit I don't believe that will work for you. You are going to need to take the hit and format the drive this time around.
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January 31, 2014 9:58:52 PM

Computer__GUY said:
Hello everyone,

Recently, I have made the decision to upgrade my 32-bit Windows 7 to 64-bit (don't want Windows 8) so I can make use of all of my 8Gb's of memory (currently, only 2.97Gb's is usable). How would I go about doing this without loosing all of my current data and settings?


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