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February 26, 2014 2:37:54 AM

Hey, sorry for the newbie question.

I have a win 8 - 32bit installed and now I want to install a win 8 - 64 bit so I can play some games that require the 64 bit OS.
I have 2 drives on my pc, the default C and D, 32 is on C and I want to install 64 on D, D is fully formatted and empty.
I also have 2 external drives, I know I can reach my files on those but I'm not sure if I can do so with the files on drive C.

Can anyone help me with this? Can I reach the files or no? :) 
Thanks!

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a c 383 * Windows 8
February 26, 2014 3:13:32 AM

Admiral Teddy said:
Hey, sorry for the newbie question.

I have a win 8 - 32bit installed and now I want to install a win 8 - 64 bit so I can play some games that require the 64 bit OS.
I have 2 drives on my pc, the default C and D, 32 is on C and I want to install 64 on D, D is fully formatted and empty.
I also have 2 external drives, I know I can reach my files on those but I'm not sure if I can do so with the files on drive C.

Can anyone help me with this? Can I reach the files or no? :) 
Thanks!

See no reason why the 64 bit OS couldn't 'see' the folders on the other drive, but I'm not sure how Windows Activation will deal with two installations on one PC!
Suck it and see, I guess. Personally I'd go with running everything from 64 bit, and ditch the 32 bit...after all, 32 bit apps will run on a 64 bit system...
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February 26, 2014 3:26:47 AM

dodger46 said:
Admiral Teddy said:
Hey, sorry for the newbie question.

I have a win 8 - 32bit installed and now I want to install a win 8 - 64 bit so I can play some games that require the 64 bit OS.
I have 2 drives on my pc, the default C and D, 32 is on C and I want to install 64 on D, D is fully formatted and empty.
I also have 2 external drives, I know I can reach my files on those but I'm not sure if I can do so with the files on drive C.

Can anyone help me with this? Can I reach the files or no? :) 
Thanks!

See no reason why the 64 bit OS couldn't 'see' the folders on the other drive, but I'm not sure how Windows Activation will deal with two installations on one PC!
Suck it and see, I guess. Personally I'd go with running everything from 64 bit, and ditch the 32 bit...after all, 32 bit apps will run on a 64 bit system...


Thanks for your help, thing is i've got so much stuff installed on the 32 bit that it'd be a pain reinstalling/re-acquiring all of them but I guess I might do if the activation annoys me
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a c 383 * Windows 8
February 26, 2014 3:40:21 AM

Admiral Teddy said:
dodger46 said:
Admiral Teddy said:
Hey, sorry for the newbie question.

I have a win 8 - 32bit installed and now I want to install a win 8 - 64 bit so I can play some games that require the 64 bit OS.
I have 2 drives on my pc, the default C and D, 32 is on C and I want to install 64 on D, D is fully formatted and empty.
I also have 2 external drives, I know I can reach my files on those but I'm not sure if I can do so with the files on drive C.

Can anyone help me with this? Can I reach the files or no? :) 
Thanks!

See no reason why the 64 bit OS couldn't 'see' the folders on the other drive, but I'm not sure how Windows Activation will deal with two installations on one PC!
Suck it and see, I guess. Personally I'd go with running everything from 64 bit, and ditch the 32 bit...after all, 32 bit apps will run on a 64 bit system...


Thanks for your help, thing is i've got so much stuff installed on the 32 bit that it'd be a pain reinstalling/re-acquiring all of them but I guess I might do if the activation annoys me

Pain, alright. But at least you would have access to your old data from your new install, especially d'loaded progs in your Downloads folder, just a matter of re-installing.
Advise you to delete any partitions on your new OS disk, install to Unallocated Space, ensures correct creation of System Reserved partition etcetera...

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February 26, 2014 5:19:42 AM

Having both the 32 and 64 bit versions may be in violation of the license (and cause MS to deactivate your key) so I agree with Dodger. The 64 bit installation will save you disk space and can read all of the 32 bit files.
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