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Windows XP Pro 32bit to Win 7 Pro 64bit Upgrade

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October 20, 2009 1:47:37 AM

Can I have the XP Pro 32bit upgrade version and install the Win 7 Pro 64bit upgrade version?
I've not been able to get a clear answer on this.
Please note I'm not trying to run an upgrade from xp to win 7. I know it will be a clean install. That said, will Win 7 Pro Upgrade allow me to install the 64bit version if it sees a 32bit upgrade version of XP? People go off on tangents about upgrade and clean installs. Please read the question. Thank you!
a b $ Windows 7
October 20, 2009 1:56:13 AM

yeah,
it reads the CD Keys... and to my knowledge it doesn't distinguish from x32 to x64.
So you should be able to use the 'upgrade' to clean install Win7x64
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October 20, 2009 2:01:40 AM

arges86 said:
yeah,
it reads the CD Keys... and to my knowledge it doesn't distinguish from x32 to x64.
So you should be able to use the 'upgrade' to clean install Win7x64


That would be awesome! Thanks!
I originally didn't even consider going 64bit, but if I can (I know my system can) then
so shall I give it a whirl!

I kept hearing contradictory things about this and was quite annoyed by the cornfusion!
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a b $ Windows 7
October 20, 2009 7:54:39 AM

If you have a legal version of Windows, be it x32 or x64, it will allow you to do a clean install with the Upgrade disk. And yes, I think now is a good time to make the switch to 64bit.
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October 20, 2009 11:06:27 AM

I just did a Install of Win7 beside a XP 32 bit install, and although I did not use the option because I was dual booting, I had the "upgrade" option available.
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October 21, 2009 12:20:30 AM

@EXT64:
So, what your saying is that you had the option to install 64bit Win 7 with a 32bit version of XP already installed... right?
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a b $ Windows 7
October 21, 2009 4:48:44 AM

yeah,
you just can't upgrade a x64 ontop of a pre-existing x32 OS...

if that makes any sense
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a c 209 $ Windows 7
October 21, 2009 6:00:28 AM

Unfortunately, "upgrade" refers to two different things and therefore causes a lot of confusion:

1) Licensing - the ability to purchase an "upgrade" copy of the new OS at a reduced price based on having a licensed prior version. You CAN do this for Windows 7 if you have ANY version of Windows since Windows 2000. The new license is valid even if you install the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and your previous OS was 32-bit.

2) Installation - the ability to install the new OS onto an existing system while keeping all of the existing accounts and installed software intact. With Windows 7 you can only do this if the previous system was Vista and only if it's a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade or a 64-bit to 64-bit upgrade. All other combinations require you that you migrate your accounts and reinstall your software after installing Windows 7.
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October 21, 2009 7:04:17 AM

sminlal said:
Unfortunately, "upgrade" refers to two different things and therefore causes a lot of confusion:

1) Licensing - the ability to purchase an "upgrade" copy of the new OS at a reduced price based on having a licensed prior version. You CAN do this for Windows 7 if you have ANY version of Windows since Windows 2000. The new license is valid even if you install the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and your previous OS was 32-bit.

2) Installation - the ability to install the new OS onto an existing system while keeping all of the existing accounts and installed software intact. With Windows 7 you can only do this if the previous system was Vista and only if it's a 32-bit to 32-bit upgrade or a 64-bit to 64-bit upgrade. All other combinations require you that you migrate your accounts and reinstall your software after installing Windows 7.


Your first point is well taken and provides the answer to the question I was looking for. Thank you.

Your second point I already knew about, but thanks anyway. It may, perhaps, help others who are reading this thread. Well written, concise and easily understood. Thanks again!
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October 21, 2009 1:20:41 PM

Windows 7 CD key will allow you to install either 32 or 64bit, HOWEVER you will need the corresponding 32/64bit disc to do that.

Also you can only upgrade from 32 to 32bit and 64 to 64bit.

Lastly UPGRADE to Win 7 (any version) can only be done from VISTA, not XP, unless you upgrade XP to Vista first.

Personally just backup your data and wipe the lot clean.
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October 21, 2009 4:08:38 PM

plasmastorm said:
Windows 7 CD key will allow you to install either 32 or 64bit, HOWEVER you will need the corresponding 32/64bit disc to do that.

Also you can only upgrade from 32 to 32bit and 64 to 64bit.

Lastly UPGRADE to Win 7 (any version) can only be done from VISTA, not XP, unless you upgrade XP to Vista first.

Personally just backup your data and wipe the lot clean.


Your reply is a bit confusing. Maybe its because:
As I'd said in my original post, I'M NOT TRYING TO "UPGRADE" XP TO WIN 7, because I already KNOW it will require a CLEAN INSTALL (in either 32 or 64bit Win 7).
I also said "PLEASE READ THE QUESTION". Thanks!
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October 23, 2009 6:32:33 PM

I tried to upgrade from XP Pro 32 to Win 7 64 and it would not let me. Said I didn't have the right software. Win 7 32 is installing now.

Is it possible to next put in the Win 64 disc and update to Win 7 64 after Win 32 installs.

Thanks
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a b $ Windows 7
October 23, 2009 6:39:35 PM

should be...
but i always recommend doing a clean install of a new OS either on a new HDD or a new partition
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October 23, 2009 7:39:40 PM

kehardman said:
I tried to upgrade from XP Pro 32 to Win 7 64 and it would not let me. Said I didn't have the right software. Win 7 32 is installing now.

Is it possible to next put in the Win 64 disc and update to Win 7 64 after Win 32 installs.

Thanks


I'm not sure if you tried to UPGRADE XP to WIN 7 or just do a clean installation.
You CAN NOT do a UPGRADE from XP to WIN 7.
You CAN do a CLEAN INSTALLATION, which means WIN 7 wipes out your XP.
You could install WIN 7 32bit probably because you started a clean install.
Try installing the 64bit WIN 7 again by rebooting with the 64bit WIN 7 disc in your dvd drive. It would then see the 32bit version of WIN 7 and should allow you to install the 64bit version.
Good luck and let us know how it went. Thanks!
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October 24, 2009 4:00:46 AM

I just finished using the upgrade version of the software to go from XP 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. You cannot start from within XP like the instructions say. You have to boot from the 64 bit CD. I took the safe route and installed a seperate hard drive so that I could create a dual boot system. Did the custom install and pointed it to the new drive to install into. You can also do this into another partion on a single drive. I did not enter the product key or mark it for activation untill after the install was done and I had booted from the hard drive in to Windows 7. If you leave the product key field blank and uncheck the activation box durring install you can do that. Activated just fine and I am typing this from my new Windows 7 64 bit system.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 24, 2009 4:06:06 AM

congrats
it worked like it should
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October 24, 2009 2:22:55 PM

Azarack thank you for clarifying that you can use an upgrade version of Win 7 to do a clean install. From your install it sounds as if you also installed on a new HD (or partition) and not the drive or partition that the 32 bit XP resides on.

I called Microsoft support yesterday & they insisted I had to buy the full retail version to go from XP to Win 7. Your post clearly states they were providing wrong information.

You have just saved many readers $100 over the full retail version! Thank you.

I was planning on buying the Ultimate OEM, but will now buy the upgrade instead for $30 more since I understand the OEM version is tied to only one machine & can't be upgraded. If anyone has used an OEM version in the past & has found it to be just as upgradeable as a full or "upgrade" version, then please post. Thank you.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 25, 2009 8:39:03 AM

I did it and it works, am not familiar with multiboot details though. Question: Once you have done this the drive with XP can't be removed since the boot manager is on it. Is there a way to remove the xp drive and go to a "normal" single boot drive that being the win 7 drive? If not I'll probably start all over again on one drive with xp being on a tiny partition.
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a b $ Windows 7
October 25, 2009 1:37:30 PM

Windows + R brings up the run dialog
type in msconfig
go the to Boot tab, and then delete the OS you don't want...
then all you have to do is go into disk manager & delete the partition w/ the old OS on it
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October 26, 2009 9:01:17 PM

arges86 said:
Windows + R brings up the run dialog
type in msconfig
go the to Boot tab, and then delete the OS you don't want...
then all you have to do is go into disk manager & delete the partition w/ the old OS on it


Would you not also then have to set the Win 7 partition to "active", so the BIOS knows that that drive is the bootable primary partition? Or does it automagically set the Win 7 partition to active? Thanks!
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a b $ Windows 7
October 27, 2009 12:51:24 AM

Hey,

I have read this whole topic, but i am not the smartest when it comes to computers, so a few things i wish to clarify.

I am currently on Windows XP Home (32bit) and i wish for my operating system to be Windows 7 Professional (64bit).

I am going to buy Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) from;

http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/itsnotcheati...

As far as i can tell this is an upgrade. Now after I purchase this and i download the files, do i just run it? or must i do something else because im on 32bit and i want to switch to 64bit.

Can someone please advise me of how to do this. I dont understand what partitioning is etc. or how to do it. I just want the easiest way to get from my Windows XP (32 Bit) to Windows 7 (64bit).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers
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a b $ Windows 7
October 27, 2009 4:21:03 AM

you can't upgrade directly from windows xp the windows 7...
i recommend turning the downloaded files into an .iso (http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/10/22/how-to-make-a-d...)
and then installing the OS on a different partition or a separate hard drive than XP
you can create a diff. partition when you're installing the OS, or you can create it through XP w/ a program called disk manager
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December 26, 2009 4:57:07 AM

Ok, I guess Im going to ask something thats probably been asking 100 millions times. but anyways here goes.

I alright I'm planning on "using" the windows 7 64 upgrade CD for a clean install on a new HHD for my computer. What I want to know is, have any of you that have done this run into any activation problems or validation/registration issues??

My current OS is winXP (I know you can't upgrade it, I've been reading that all over the net so please save your fingers.) and XP is not using all the RAM on the hardware amoung other things. and yes it's 32 bit.... sadly


thanks
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a b $ Windows 7
December 26, 2009 11:04:17 PM

I ran into no problems doing this on my pc.
Worked perfectly fine.
I had a new HDD that I installed it on, and it was surprisingly flawless.
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December 26, 2009 11:33:24 PM

I was wondering what people thought of the OEM version of windows 7???
I know you get no microsoft support with getting these but why would you wanna call india anyways...

And I've heard that you can only put them on one PC and if you switch to another you get call microsoft and deal with a headache, but what I wanted to know is what is involved when it comes to switching the parts with these, can you get away with changing every part in the PC but the hard and have to call microsoft again?

just something I'm wondering...
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a b $ Windows 7
December 27, 2009 4:32:10 AM

OEM is usually tied to the motherboard. So you can usually upgrade the HD, CPU, ect. and have no ill effects.

With the rise of internet forums (like this one) there is very little use for 'official' tech support. My experiences w/ them have been largely negative anyway
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December 27, 2009 5:02:00 AM

arges86 said:
OEM is usually tied to the motherboard. So you can usually upgrade the HD, CPU, ect. and have no ill effects.

With the rise of internet forums (like this one) there is very little use for 'official' tech support. My experiences w/ them have been largely negative anyway



Agreed, what I usually deal with is someone reading from a book who can't really and doesn't fix my problem to begin... untill I get on the forums such as this and look around.

Just curious was version of windows 7 are you using and have you tried out the others by chance I wish I got in on the beta testing. I'm thinking of going for pro edition. but thinking home could be just as good mostly, at the moment my current comp can run windows 7, but my other 2 can't their hardware is not up to par. So I'm concerned with netwroking issues for win7 and winxp. winxp and vista didn't like to talk to each other either from what I've seen from personal experiance. but maybe I screwed something up there. any clues??
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a b $ Windows 7
December 27, 2009 5:09:08 AM

I use Home...
if you want to be able to run a virtual xp mode, or have encryption, then get Professional or Ultimate.
I've built a pc w/ ultimate and it works well (my friend wanted to run a virutal xp). There are no 'Ultimate Extras' in Win7 (but they were awful and a rip off in Vista).

The networking was made much easier in Win7. One of the main improvements.
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March 16, 2012 5:48:18 AM

Windows + R brings up the run dialog
type in msconfig
go the to Boot tab, and then delete the OS you don't want...
then all you have to do is go into disk manager & delete the partition w/ the old OS on it

www.pravake.blogspot.in
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