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Hard drive question windows 7

Last response: in Storage
March 9, 2010 1:31:42 PM

Posting in storage board as well. is it possible to upgrade windows vista 32 bit to windows 7 64 bit, but transfer it to a different, newer hard drive?
a b $ Windows 7
a c 362 G Storage
March 10, 2010 1:47:58 PM

Well, possible, but it is NOT an in-place simple "Upgrade" in the common sense. To make the 23-bit to 64-bit change you have to do Custom Install that amounts to a completely new installation of the 64-bit Win 7. This means BACK UP YOUR OLD DATA before starting, and it also means re-installing all your application software. For more info, see this M$ website and linked pages.

Since you plan to upgrade your machine also to a larger new hard drive, this may not be all that difficult. Basically you'll be doing a clean install to a new HDD, which is nice, and then transferring old files. Check out the M$ tool called Microsoft Easy Transfer to help with moving data and configuration files after the installation. (Note this tool does NOT move your app software - they do need re-installation.)