Keeping old files and programs upgrading from 32-bit Win 7 to 64-bit Win 8.1

I'm building a new PC and I want to use my old HDDs. My previous PC ran on 32-bit Win 7 and I plan on running 64-bit Win 8.1 on my new rig. I know I will have to do a clean install, but would creating a system image using Win 7's backup wizard keep all my personal files and programs while I upgrade to 64-bit Win 8.1? If not, is there a way to keep/backup my files besides the old fashioned way?
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    Applications will need to be reinstalled. You can't 'keep' them.

    The only stuff that really matters is your personal files. Everything else can be recreated/reinstalled.
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